Growing up on 40 acres of woods in Northern Michigan was a wonderful influence. In addition to all the nature and wildlife, my father was a great inspiration. He is also an artist and I started sketching with him when I was young.
I studied four years of art at Brethren High School in Brethren, Michigan. After graduation in 1981, I joined the U.S. Army and served for more than five years.
I took sketching and painting classes at West Shore Community College and for nearly two decades, I've been studying art at the workshops of other wildlife artists. My husband, Dave, and I live near Harrietta, where I sell my art and teach art classes. Dave is a wood craftsman and he makes my frames from all re-claimed wood. I've been honored with several awards including one painting that was selected as the 2008 Michigan Ducks Unlimited Artist Print of the Year.
In 2000, I fell and broke my back and had several vertebrae fused. I have chronic pain in my lower back and sciatica pain down both legs. Because it's a struggle to walk some days, I spend a lot of time painting and drawing. My art helps keep me positive. It not only inspires others, but it also helps me be a productive member of society.