What brought you to Boise?
I grew up in Santa Barbara, California, playing in the sand and surf of the Pacific Ocean, but what brought me to Idaho and the Boise area is that my husband is from Idaho. After 21 years in the Air Force, being stationed in Northern California, Alaska and South Dakota, we chose Idaho as our place to semi-retire. We lived in Burley for five years and then came west to Meridian.
We love the diversity and friendliness of the people, the many places to shop, and mixture of rural areas surrounding, and within, the city. We love the mild climate that still gives us four seasons to enjoy. Having the mountains within one to two hours is also a great plus. The Treasure Valley is a great place for family fun with many parks and places to entertain our grandchildren.
Describe your art:
I bring beauty and healing to the world with my art and words. I paint and I do cartooning. My painting has morphed over the years into what I call Abstract Realism. I mix my traditional art schooling with many bright colors and shapes. I use vibrant colors, taking a subject, and painting it in a completely unnatural color. I have a talent for blending colors to make my art unique.
My newest paintings in oil all have a message and story that come with them. I believe that beauty is essential to life and this world. I want my art to touch hearts and bring joy to each person who gazes upon it.
I have worked with many different mediums including watercolor, pastel, pencil, pen and ink, acrylic, and oil paint. I have always shared my art making logos, greeting cards, cartoon family portraits, coloring books, watercolor cartoon artwork for t-shirts, children’s clothing, aprons, pillows and magnets.
What inspires you?
I get most of my painting inspiration from family, nature and beautiful photographs. Each place I have lived has inspired me in some way, and I like to use local wildlife, landscapes etc. as subjects. Having lived in Alaska for five years, I am fond of the wildlife. I will tackle most any subject just to see if I can get it from my mind to the canvas or paper.
Where did you study art?
I was always praised for my artistic ability and excelled at it in part because of this praise. I took many art classes in high school and majored in art at Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho, and received an Associate of Arts degree in general art. I took classes in oil painting, watercolor, pencil drawing, figure drawing, lettering and sculpture. I spent a year at Brigham Young University trying to transition into commercial art, but decided it was not for me. Years later, I earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from National American University.
Where can people view your art?
When is your next show?
At the moment I am working on getting my artwork in various places throughout the Treasure Valley.
I also paint with words. I have written an award-winning book titled Gravity’s Embrace – A True Unsolved Mystery Surrounding An Alaskan Pilot. It is a true story about my brother’s 10- month disappearance in Alaska. It is available at Hastings Bookstores in Meridian and Boise as well as Amazon and my website GravitysEmbrace.com.