I've been an artist of one sort or another since childhood and have always loved making things. There's something so satisfying about gathering together a few supplies and creating something unique and beautiful from them, whether the finished product is a patchwork quilt or a painting.
Watercolor sketching has captured my heart in recent years. With just a few lines and a splash of color, I can record a moment in time, a little slice of life. It still seems like magic to me. Painting is my relaxation, meditation, and therapy. There is extraordinary beauty in common everyday things, and painting them makes me stop and take notice.
I do freelance work and teach classes across the US and in Europe. My workshops include instruction in drawing, watercolor techniques, hand lettering, page design, and travel sketching. The creativity and originality of my students is a constant source of inspiration to me.
My teaching has inspired people to pick up a paintbrush for the first time since childhood and discover that there's still a seed of creativity buried deep within. All it needs is a little nurturing to blossom and grow.
I love seeing the joy and satisfaction they experience when they begin to express themselves artistically and connect with life on a deeper level. They realize they can do this. All that's required is a willingness to try.
I live and work in Prosperity, PA, in a Victorian farmhouse perched on a windy hilltop, surrounded by the rolling hills of western Pennsylvania. My days are spent juggling my various loves: sketching, teaching, family, home, and garden.
My husband and I share our home with a shy kitty named Mica and a rambunctious golden retriever, Buckley, whom I love like a child. It’s a good life here, and I couldn’t ask for anything more.
My art connects me with people all over the world. It makes me happy to know that my sketches can bring a smile to someone's face and add a little bit of joy to their lives.
I've received accolades for my work over the years, but the compliment that means the most to me came from one of my students who said, "You've made me look at the world differently."
What more could I ask for than that?