I've heard that all great art tells a story, so here's the story of my art. My current body of work features Western scenes
rendered in the stark black and white of scratchboard.
In a world of technology and tension, the allure of the Cowboy Way with its tough love and Golden Rule philosophy is where
my heart is. I love the simple honesty of a man's handshake being his word, the love and respect of the land and its creatures,
the importance of family and friends, and living the Golden Rule. This is the story I try to tell with my art.
I grew up on a farm in northern Iowa, surrounded by animals, but then I couldn't wait to get to the city. I'm graduate
of Minnesota State University-Mankato with a degree in art, but I spent most of my career in newspaper marketing and product
development. Along the way I realized my heart was still in the country, and my husband and I bought a small ranch in Cherokee
County, OK, that we share with our horses, dogs and cats. As a life-long horse "fanatic," these beautiful creatures
have been the inspiration for much of my art. Since leaving the newspaper industry, I have enthusiastically reconnected with
my love of art. I have worked in many media including stone carving, bronze casting, acrylics, ceramics, stained glass, watercolor,
pastels, and silversmithing before my current "addiction" to scratchboard.
I am so thankful for my God-given gifts and try to give back to the community and people I love. I am currently president
of the 100 member Muskogee Art Guild whose mission is to promote art in eastern Oklahoma.