When I was a kid, I was always making things- drawing, painting, collaging, making bracelets, dancing and putting on shows - if it was in "the arts" - I wanted to do it. I always knew in the back of my mind that I wanted to BE an artist. Growing up I took all the art classes I could and always felt most comfortable in the studio.
After I graduated from Baker University in Art and Art History, I got married and began working in a downtown Kansas City gallery. It gave me invaluable experience that I am still grateful for to this day. After KC, my husband’s job pulled us to various cities in Kansas, and I worked many jobs that were unrelated to the arts, but I kept working on my art on the side. I felt a little lost artistically for a while, feeling like I needed to commit to one medium- but I still loved so many different areas in visual art. Eventually I took a few more classes and started teaching some children's art classes and camps, which led to teaching adults as well. Once I started teaching other people, I no longer felt like I had to commit to being "one thing" in art only.
I am an artist - I paint, I draw, I make fine art gourds, mixed media 3D art, jewelry, I sew bags and clothes and create using anything that I find myself curious about. Some things I continue to do for years, some things I dabble in. I do what I do because I feel driven to create all the things that I am passionate about. I love exploring art because there are so many avenues to express the thoughts and emotions that roll around in my heart and brain.
I have had shows around the country and I regularly show in Kansas and Missouri. I have been lucky enough to co-direct some art galleries and guilds and meet many artists who have inspired me along the way.
I have an amazing husband, 2 handsome sons, 3 crazy pugs and a yoga studio that I co-own and teach at in Topeka, Kansas.