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I have studied art throughout my life starting at a young age being taught by my father, a book illustrator. I then went on to study at Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia, The Art Institute Online of Pittsburgh, and the Academy of Art University of San Francisco. My love of nature later inspired me to complete a Liberal Studies degree with a concentration in Environmental Science. I have created art that I printed on cards and commissioned to local gift shops. In 2010 I opened a small pet care business, which I still run, and started creating pet and animal-inspired art. While out with the animals, I take lots of photos that I later use as references for my art.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Cozy Winter Solstice

Happy Winter Solstice! This cozy time of year is my favorite for reflecting and taking some time to relax and be creative. My windows are lit with candles, and my cats are purring, content in their warm winter spots around the house. I curl up in a chair with a steamy mug of peppermint tea (relaxing comfort drink), a good book (always stay curious about the world and everything in it), a plate of homemade cookies (of course), and always nearby is a sketchbook for those moments of inspiration. Even when the winds blow cold and harsh and the snow is piling outside my window, I always stop to appreciate this wondrous place where we live. Let it snow! :)

Friday, November 11, 2016

The Bigger Picture

It has been a historic and turbulent week. Despite the turmoil, I still believe our diversity can find a common ground. I focus on the nooks and crannies of undisturbed peace, like the sweet boy in my painting here I did a few years back. Each of us has a part to play in the world and in our country and no part is too small or insignificant. All of us, including the critters, are vital. Take each step, keeping in mind the consequence of your actions but without the burden of perfection. Each stroke of paint you put down is a piece of a bigger picture. Never lose site of the bigger picture.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

It's Harvest Time!

Welcome to my new blog!
There's nothing like a warm mug of apple cider and colorful leaves falling outside to inspire me to draw. I have enjoyed doing pet portraits over the years in various mediums. I am currently doing portraits in charcoal/pastel. I also love drawing my own fur babies. This is our youngest in her favorite pose. When the seasons change and the temps drop, our kitties move to their cold weather sleeping spots in the house. This sleeping position seems to be preferred no matter what the season. I suppose viewing the world upside down keeps a fresh perspective. Perhaps more of us should take the time to see the world as our fur babies do, and then we will be just as content as they are. :)