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I am an Abstract Realist, Colorist, and Alla Prima Plein Air Painter. Originally from Western New York, I was raised in Southeastern New Mexico and recently returned to New Mexico after raising our two children in Central Texas. My husband and I now reside permanently in North Central New Mexico.  


My work focuses on subjects ranging from landscapes, structures, abstract forms, to animals. I work primarily with oil and acrylics and frequently partake in plein air painting excursions.  


I have no fancy words to describe why I paint.  I love the sun and the high desert so therefore I find myself back in New Mexico and I am happy to be back.

Please contact me for prices on available paintings. 


Plein Air Painters of New Mexico, Executive Board 2018 to Current

Ontario Plein Air Society (Canada)

New Mexico Art League

Roswell Fine Arts League

Current Exhibitions:

Santa Fe Art Collector Gallery

217 Galisteo Street, Santa Fe, NM

Opening Reception: October 4, 2019 5:00 pm -7:30 pm

11h National Plein Air Painters of NM Juried Members Show

Past Exhibitions:

Albuquerque Art Showcase

Plein Air Painters of New Mexico 

August 16-19, 2019

Santa Fe Studio Tour 2019

Studio 6 

June 22-23 and June 29-30, 2019

Sotheby's International

Santa Fe, NM June 2018 to May 2019

Sorrel Sky Gallery

Santa Fe, NM, November 2018

10th National PAPNM Members Show - Board of Directors Exhibit

Clovis Community College PAPNM show

Clovis, NM, July 2018

Sorrel Sky Gallery

Santa Fe, NM, November 2017

9th National Plein Air Painters of NM Juried Members Show



2019 Wild Rivers Paint Out, Questa, NM

Second Place: Architecture Category

2018 Wild Rivers Paint Out, Questa, NM

First Place: Quick Draw Category

Second Place: Architecture Category

Third Place: Rivers and Trails Category

2018 Southeastern New Mexico State Fair

Second Place: Fine Arts Category

Honorable Mention


2017 Southeastern New Mexico State Fair

Best of Show in Fine Arts Category

1st Place, Fine Arts Category