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Welcome to my web studio!

I’m a latecomer to the art game. I started drawing and painting after two major events in my life: I left academia and I got sober. These two changes created huge openings in my time and my energy.

In my searching, I found the right book—The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron, which taught me that I wanted to work with color—and the right teacher—Phil Sylvester at the Drawing Studio, who showed me that I could draw and paint.

I started out working in charcoal and moved to soft pastels because they let me create broad planes of color and shadowy details. Recently, I've been playing with acrylic landscapes, further abstractions, and the effects of the palette knife.

Painters I’m in love with:

  • Van Gogh
  • Tamara de Lempicka
  • Odilon Redon and his bouquets
  • The Fauves

I am also a writer of thrillers, literary fiction, and recovery-oriented books. My memoir Sober Truths: The Making of an Honest Woman was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. For more information about my books, click here.

I live in Portland, Oregon, with four cats who always have a kind word for my creative work.