Artist Statement

I have always been drawn to the beauty and spirit of northern New Mexico. I'm inspired by it's rich regional heritage, majestic landscapes, and hypnotic night skies. I am also dazzled by its people, their passion, artistry, and creativity. That very inspiration drew me into the creative process. I dared to dream, and I dared to embrace a life filled with passion, art, and beauty.

In May of 2007, I picked up a paint brush for one of the first times in my life. Within months, not only was I sitting in my newly acquired one-room rustic log cabin/art studio in northern New Mexico, but several of my paintings were on display in a small art gallery in Chimayo. This ultimately led to my participation in studio art tours in Abiquiu and Corrales, New Mexico, gallery invitations in New Mexico and Montana, several one-woman shows, and countless commissioned opportunities. There’s a Swedish proverb that goes something like this: "Those who wish to sing, always find a song." Not only had I found my song, but I found my voice as well. 

I paint Native American portraits and retablos, a traditional European art form that represents holy images of Jesus, Mary, and any one of the Catholic saints. Since the 17th Century, retablos have been painted on wood or tin, and have been used to honor saints in homes and churches throughout the Southwest, Mexico, Central and South America, Spain, Russia and Poland. I prefer to work with pine and use a combination of watercolor, acrylic, and charcoal. I also collaborate with David Vargas, a talented wood carver in Abiquiu. David has been masterful in complimenting my work with his beautiful hand-carved frames.

"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is." - Albert Einstein