A Saturday Afternoon

Mixed Media

14 x16

Fine Arts Ribbon Awards Galore

​ABOUT THE ARTIST

In my Fine Arts pieces, I use a wide variety of mediums; oil, acrylic, pastel, pen & ink, charcoal, gouache, colored pencil, etc.  I'm inspired by the incredible beauty, history, and lifestyle of the Northwest where I live.  You can travel city-to-city, but the wildness and the farm and ranch lands in between still bring the Western life to mind.  I have lived and painted the Oregon Coast, the Western Valleys, and just about everything east of the Cascade Mountains, including Oregon's Scenic Outback country.

In my work, I use a variety of styles from the simple comic to the detailed realistic and accurate historic; something not many illustrators can do.  I put considerable research into each story line and illustration.   Many of my original illustrations are hanging in the Children's Museum of Illustrated Books in St. Louis, Missouri. Some of my illustrations have won national and international literary awards. 

 Asked in interviews what I would give as advice to people interested in illustrating; I tell everyone, “This is not an area where one can instantly make a lot of money.  Be prepared for rejections from Publishers, but never give up.  Better yourself and your talent by taking Publisher’s suggestions to heart and using them to improve your work.  Remember, in the publishing world, the Publisher is always right.  Too many eager illustrators ignore a Publisher’s suggestions to their peril.”

Deschutes County Fair - Fine Arts Awards Judge 2012, 2013, 2018

A Cowgirl's Best Friends

Mixed Media

14 x 16

I was an art teacher and a judge at many Fine Arts events over my career.  Most recently, I was a judged for the Deschutes County Fair in Redmond, OR.  I guess you could say artists never truly "retire."

 ​In 2007, I had the opportunity to illustrate two children’s books  for Guardian Angel Publishing; The Christmas Angel, a story of a  family traveling the Oregon Trail, and The Magic Violin, a story of  the magic in believing in yourself. This started me on the way  towards a new career as an illustrator of children's books for the next 17 years.  Most  of over 60 books I illustrated are Home School Approved.  Some books provide  activities or educational information at the end of the story.  Books are for readers from ages 0-12.  These books are no longer available from Guardian Angel Publishing as they are no longer in business.

  Update...Coming Shows etc.

  I am selling greeting cards and signing my children's book, Silence, at the Dry Canyon Arts Association's"Art at the Music Hall" on  June 5th, 2021 from 10am to 5pm." .  I am back to painting and selling Fine Arts pieces full time.  The latest bookcover I did for author Rick Steber's newest book, The Last Outlaw, is titled "Where the Wild Ones Run" and giclee prints will be available.  I will also have new original art work and plenty of other art available.

This show in June is the first of three art shows Dry Canyon Arts Association has scheduled for 2021 at The High Desert Music Hall venue off Highland in Redmond, OR.  The next one will be held outdoors in the Music Hall's parking lot on July 24th.