I grew up in a small village on the northwest coast of British Columbia. I am a self-taught professional painter with no formal training. I've been selling my work professionally since I was thirteen, and painting full-time since 2005. I now live in Mountain View, California with my husband and two young children.
My landscape style has been influenced by the many beautiful places I have lived in the Canadian north, my former career in forestry, and the places we've traveled in our little orange tent. We have backpacked sections of the Pacific Crest Trail, the John Muir Trail, the West Coast Trail and many remote areas of northern Canada. My primary medium is acrylic on canvas. I attribute the color and movement in my landscapes to my synesthesia and migraine auras (below left). These conditions have shaped the way I see the world, and enhanced my development as an artist.
I began my art career painting portraits of animals, and I have now painted hundreds of custom pieces for people all over the world. My first commission was to draw a pair of old work boots as a retirement gift for a construction worker. Since then, I have painted dogs, horses, people, houses, cars, lizards, fish and even dinosaurs. I love the challenge of translating others’ memories into art, and as a self-taught artist it has helped me develop technical skill and expand my comfort zone.
I enjoy showing my works in progress and painting tips on my art technique blog. Thanks for visiting my site!