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“Even as a little girl, I knew I was to become a painter. Nothing has ever fascinated me more than the magic of approaching a canvas with oil paint. ”

I have gained an academic background that has given me the freedom to go beyond technique. I love the visual beauty of New Mexico and the West, the desert and the richness and variety of the 3 cultures. I consider myself a contemporary colorist and a New Mexico Modernist, but most of all, a visual poet. I am drawn to paint endangered places such as wilderness, historic buildings and fading cultural traditions, in the hope of drawing public awareness to them, to help to save & preserve them, by capturing them on canvas. I also love to paint “en plein air,” the landscape and the figure.

Fashion Institute of Technology, New York City- Associate Degree in Illustration The School of Visual Arts, New York City- Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Graphic Design Art Student’s League of New York & Denver- Drawing & Oil Painting

Painting workshops
Ray Vinella & Kevin Macpherson
Landscape Painting- Taos, New Mexico; 1995

Mark Daily, Advanced Figurative Painting
Denver Art Student’s League; 2002

Kim English, Advanced Figurative Painting
Denver Art Student’s League; 2003

Quang Ho, Advanced Painting- Visual Approaches
Denver Art Student’s League; 2004

The Denver 10- Founding Member/ Oil Painting Group

Harwood Arts Center- Artist in Residence
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Studio #6 “Wildlands Painted!” Founder- annual fundraiser exhibit for the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance Plein Air New Mexico

“New Mexico Mission Chapels” December 1997 (To draw public awareness to the historic Spanish Chapels of New Mexico)

“Albuquerque Historic Places” December 1998 (To draw public awareness to endangered historic buildings in Albuquerque)

“Wildlands Painted!” October 2003 & 2004 (To draw public awareness to endangered NM wilderness areas)

“New Mexico Cancer Center Exhibit”- fundraiser for the New Mexico Cancer Center (3 month exhibit, Dec. 04- March 05)

Recent projects:

I have recently finished paintings of three endangered New Mexico wilderness areas with the Denver 10 painting group and guest artists for the second annual October 2004 exhibit, “Wildlands Painted!"

This exhibit is a fundraiser for the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance in their effort to raise public awareness and funds to protect these lands, and to obtain legislation for these areas to be designated and preserved as “Wilderness.”


“Rosa Rojo” (Spanish for Red Rose)
Oil on canvas, 9x12 inches

"King Over Ojito in Last Sun’s Glow"
Oil on canvas

"Desert Majesty"
Oil on canvas

"Dancing Clouds over Three Kings"
Oil on canvas

“Soft Hills of Rio Chama Wilderness”
16x20,  oil on canvas

“sunset over Rio Puerco Arroyo"
oil on canvas



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