I’ve explored creativity throughout my life in a variety of forms and fashions, always seeking to learn and grow. After a career in law enforcement of more than 30 years, I’m spending my time getting down, dirty and very colorful playing in paint and mixed media formats.
While I don’t have a formal education in art, I’ve studied with many amazing artists over the years. The Art Student’s League of Denver has been instrumental in my art journey. Also, special thanks to Ardith Goodwin, Stephanie Gagos, and Kara Bullock for their inspiration and encouragement.
In a time of extreme divides, my work strives to celebrate the beauty found in each person’s uniqueness and the many things we share in common. I’m inspired by the people and critters who share our world, especially those enhancing our lives on a daily basis.
I share my home in Denver, Colorado, with my furry critters, Albus Dumbledog, Scarlett O’ Hairy and my ornery and lovable sixteen-year-old black cat, Bubba.
My Creative Journey - one step at a time
- Business or Pleasure – Online Class
- Critter Country – Online Class
- Make Create Express 2020– Online Class
Hosting Live Chats-
- Inspired to Create- A Chat with Artists – online interviews with inspiring artists: Deb Weiers, Kara Bullock, Ardith Goodwin, Tiare Smith
- Park Hill Art Club Saturday Art Chat – online interviews featuring local Colorado artists and instructors: Kathleen Lanzoni, Alexander Soukas, Rodgers Naylor, Jeffrey Keith, Anita Winter, Steve Griggs, Jennifer Bobola and Laura McElfresh
- September 22nd-October 2nd, Stephanie Gagos’ Online Quirk Show
- September 12-November 17th, Best of the Parker Artist’s Guild, Parker, Colorado
- June 12th, Virtually Inspired, Senior Planet Colorado
- March 7-May 16, 2nd Bi-annual Pet Portraits: Animals We Love, Parker, Colorado
- February 20th-22nd, 46th Annual Parkview UCC Fine Arts Festival
Award: Honorable Mention for “Covered in Fur”
- Quirky Characters: Bringing Fun Characters to Life- Park Hill Art Club
- Creative Play-Parker Arts
- Stephanie Gagos’ 2019 Handmade Holiday Show, Online
- Greeley Art’s Picnic, Greeley, Colorado
- Art Student’s League Summer Art Market, Denver, Colorado
- Parkview UCC 45th Annual Fine Arts Festival, Aurora, Colorado
Award: Honorable Mention for “Right on Target”
- Riverside Library, Evans, Colorado
- Rise and Shine Coffee Shop, Denver, Colorado
- Frame by Frame Shop, Denver, Colorado
- Park Hill Art Club Fall Show, Denver, Colorado
- Park Hill Art Club Spring Show, Denver, Colorado
Award: People’s Choice 1st Place for “Snow Buddies
- Stephanie Gago’s 2018 Handmade Holiday Event, online
- TrueArt West Fest, Lakewood, Colorado
- Best of the Parker Artist’s Guild Show, Parker, Colorado
Recognition: Rescuers Need Love Too selected to be featured on show flyer and in press coverage
- Romancing the Arts Show, Castle Rock, Colorado
Award: Honorable Mention Ribbon for Ruby
Parker Artist’s Guild – 2018, 2020
Park Hill Art Club – Communications Coordinator, Show Co-Coordinator and Board Member 2018-present
A portion of proceeds from the sale of my rescue paintings, rescue prints and rescue note cards is donated to area non-profits focused on improving the lives of animals and people. Proceeds from the sale of paintings, prints and note cards related to Rescuers Need Love Too will be donated to local first responder related charities.
Prints have been donated to the following organizations for fundraising auctions:
Financial donations have been provided to the following organizations from the sale of items related to the rescue series: