There’s nothing quite like the bond we share with our furry or feathered friends. I believe animals are truly gifts in this world; they bring us love, joy, and comfort. Wild animals fill us with awe, while our domesticated friends become true members of our families, leaving indelible impressions on our hearts. In my portraits, I strive to capture the unique spirit of each animal to create a cherished keepsake for my clients that will last a lifetime.
I come from an artistic family and grew up surrounded by art supplies. As a child and throughout my teens, I’d often sit on the floor and lose myself in my father’s art books, absorbing as much as I could on human and animal anatomy, color theory, and how to work in various media such as pencil, ink, watercolor, acrylics, and oils. After a lifetime of being self-taught, and a 23-year detour working in medical records, I decided it was time to become classically trained. I enrolled at the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, where I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in Illustration. I recently took a leap of faith and left medical records behind to pursue a new career as a full-time artist. The more time I spent creating art, the more it became clear that I needed a dedicated workspace, and so with the help of my handy, talented, and supportive husband, the creation of a home studio is currently in progress.
All of my portraits are hand drawn using only the highest quality professional-grade colored pencils by Faber-Castell Polychromos, Derwent Lightfast, and Caran d’Ache Luminance. Every portrait is created on conservation-quality acid-free board or paper to ensure its longevity. To further protect your portrait, I recommend framing it under UV-resistant glass, either matted or with spacers to prevent the glass from touching the surface of the artwork. Your framed art should be displayed somewhere dry and out of direct sunlight. Following these guidelines will preserve the beauty of your portrait for many years to come.
Please see my Commissions page for details on how to book a portrait with me.
Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, BFA in Illustration
Summa Cum Laude, 2015
Honors and Awards
RMCAD Gerald Ehrhart Memorial Scholarship 2015
RMCAD Honors List (2013-2015)
RMCAD Accolade – College Community and Culture (May 2015)
RMCAD Accolade – Academic Excellence (June 2015, September 2015)
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
RMCAD Rotunda Gallery Student Exhibition 2015
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