Upon my graduation with a BFA, one professor informed me that my career as an artist was doomed because I was moving with my family to Jeffrey City, a uranium mining town on the downward slide in the middle of Wyoming. Instead, I found new meaning as an artist, rooted in the desire to understand the place to which I relocated with my three children and Game Warden husband. Now I realize this laid the groundwork for how I respond to place.
My mixed media work investigates visual nuances, focusing on details that provide a basis for understanding and responding to specific places and experiences, especially those informed by nature.
I love exploring on my own or with my husband: floating rivers, investigating back roads, crisscrossing the country in search of new sights and sites. Or I work as part of the artist group known as Sequencing, which includes photographer Susan Moldenhauer and dancer/choreographer Margaret Wilson. Additionally, I am a co-founder and member of the artists’ groups Pipeline Art Project (Pumping art from the energy state of Wyoming), and Laramie Artists Project.
I have received a Wyoming Arts Council’s Visual Art Fellowship Honorable Mention Award (2016), multiple Individual Artist grants for artistic research and travel, and artist residency opportunities. My artwork is in the collections of the Wyoming State Museum; Albertson College of Idaho; University of Wyoming Law School, College of Health Sciences and Coe Library; Stony Brook School, NY and other public and private collections.
Now working full-time in my studio, I previously was the Education Curator for the University of Wyoming Art Museum; served as the Director of Cultural Resources for the State of Wyoming, and as the Arts Education Specialist for the Wyoming Arts Council. I am a board member for the Western States Arts Federation and the Wyoming Arts Alliance, and have served on numerous boards, advisory and grants panels during my career, ranging from the National Endowment for the Arts and the US Department of Education to the Jeffery City (WY) Arts Council.
I attained an MFA in Visual Arts from Vermont College in 1996, and a BFA in Visual Arts from the University of Wyoming in 1984.