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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.