I was born and raised in Prescott Arizona. My mother was a teacher and my father is a librarian and a syndicated illustrator. I grew up in a house that loved books and fantasy. As a child I grew up watching my father bring drawings to life, making imagination become reality.
As a young adult I set out to find a career that was outside a cubical and creative at the same time. After high school I worked as a paint prep in an auto body shop before finding a promising job in a fine art foundry. In no time I discovered I had a talent with patina work and this has been my trade since 2005. A Patina artist colors metal by applying chemicals and heat. I work with the sculptors to find just the right colors and patterns to make their pieces pop. I feel that applying patina to bronze brings life to sculpture, and is the daily creative outlet that I was looking for. I feel very fortunate to work with very talented and respected artists every day.
My own artwork and sculpture stretches far beyond the Southwest I love. My work introduces the viewer to people and things found in dreams and the unknown. I'm driven to bringing imagination to life as I saw my father do when I was a child. I enjoy my job, my art, and the variety of challenges and opportunities present in an art driven life.
About the Photos
The photos I used for my website were taken by several very talented photographers. The Photos of my artwork were taken by Christopher Marchetti. The head shot was taken by my husband who enjoys taking photos as a hobby. The photo of me at work was taken by Willie and Erik Peterson. Erik and Willie are the photographers and curators behind the Inspiration to Creation show which was featured at the Phippen Museum of Western Art.