"Since I was a little girl, I have dabbled with drawing pictures using mediums such as pencil, charcoal and acrylic pencils. Like many other people who enjoy creating art in some form, work and family took the front seat in my life and I put my art aside temporarily. For 40 plus years I was busy with my husband raising a family and maintaining a career in Helena.
From time to time, I considered trying my hand at oil painting but I kept shying away from it. Then in 2010 my son Dave convinced me to take an oil painting class with him and his daughter just to see if it was something I would like to pursue. Well, that was all it took – I was hooked and when I retired from the State of Montana in 2014 I began to paint regularly. So much so, that my husband built me a studio in our home.
Now, I look at the scenery and wildlife in this great state with a totally different perspective. Clouds seem to have more shapes and forms than I could have ever imagined. I look at them and wonder which brush can be used to make that cloud appear on canvas the way I just saw it in the sky. As I watch birds and animals doing what they do naturally, I actually view them with a different set of eyes, the eyes of a painter, and it is a very different and wonderful experience.
The majority of my framing is done by my husband, Roger. He uses reclaimed lumber such as window frames, barn and corral woods.
I am not sure what style my paintings fall into, I just paint what I see and try to capture animals, birds, flowers, and landscapes as close to the natural form as I can. I enjoy paining wildlife and scenery the most."