In 1983, I graduated from Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri where I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Business Administration. Dreams of operating my own art studio led me back to college to earn an Associate In Applied Science degree in Advertising Design from St. Louis Community College at Meramec. I graduated with my art degree in 1986 and was ready to embark upon a career in art.
Soon after graduation, I worked at various firms in and around the city of St. Louis where I gained experience as graphic designer of printed marketing materials. Three years later, I was ready to branch out my own with a client list of manufacturers and consultants. In 2001, the balance of my work grew to include fine art commissions and teaching. My teaching skills opened opportunities at Colleges, Guilds, and Nature Centers. I have also been invited as a guest demonstrator of drawing and painting at colleges, art guilds, art galleries, nature stores, and animal clubs. Currently, I offer private instruction.
A return to my love of nature led me to paint wildlife and landscape art. To learn more about nature and painting I created my own education curriculum with the guidance of mentors, books, videos, workshops, field study, and a great deal of practice. I have been juried into over twenty art exhibits where I have won awards for portraiture, wildlife, and landscape. My art has been exhibited and sold through private art galleries and public art exhibition spaces in St. Louis and in surrounding counties as well as in other locations in Missouri.