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Artist Statement:

I am a woman of Mexican and Celtic heritage born to a military family here in the US. Military families move often and we lived in states including Virginia, New Mexico, Colorado, California, Florida, Illinois and even a time overseas in Norway. My parents eventually retired in Colorado where I have remained.

Our moves brought us the experience of different cultures, even here in the US. It was always interesting to move to see what the new places would bring us in nature, museums, cities, and people and their way of life. We camped, sailed, canoed, skied, and hiked every place we lived- all of us loving nature in our own ways.

All in my family are makers of things. We drew, knitted, woodworked, constructed things, mostly for ourselves. My making of things evolved beyond personal craft into the level of fine art- specifically drawing, painting, and printmaking. My high school teachers and college professors greatly encouraged my interests and honed my skills in techniques as well as concept.

I chose graduate studies here in Colorado because of my love for the plains, its continuing source of visual inspiration in its broad vistas, unending skies, interesting horizons, exuberant color, and myriad textures. It is a gift to myself to immerse in this place and make art about it.

During my art career I have also become a mother, a small business owner, an art teacher, and a minister. I meditate and journey in my quest for personal insight, awareness, and earth consciousness, and I assist others in doing so.

Currently I reside in Denver with my dog and we meditate, visit with friends, and especially visit with nature.



MFA, Art 1995 University of Denver. Concentration: printmaking, mix media

BA, Fine Art, 1993 University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Concentration: drawing Additional study: communication, psychology; Magna Cum Laude

AA, Commercial Art, 1981 Colorado Mountain College

Additional Study:

Fine Art Metropolitan State College Watercolor Rocky Mountain School of Art


2008 Framed Image Gallery, one woman show,
   paintings and prints, Denver
Kozo, Fine Art Materials, showroom

2007 Tapestry of Light Studio, “Evolution of the Arch -
   paintings and prints.

2006 Business of Art Center, “Hot off the Press
   Printmakers Invitational”, Manitou Springs
Tapestry of Light Studio, ongoing, Denver
Zip 37 Gallery, “Fish”, invitational, Denver, 
Open Press Gallery, “Butterflies and Dragonflies”,
   invitational, Denver

2005 Open Press Gallery, Small Print Show 
Open Press Gallery, Grand Opening, Salon Exhibit
Lizard Head Gallery, Solo show: “New Prints”, Denver
Open Press: “Fish”, invitational 
Blair Caldwell African American Research Library:
   Celebrate Art Reach, Denver

2004 Colorado Wildlife Museum: Art Reach Festival of
   Trees, Denver
Wells Fargo Bank Atrium: Celebrate Art reach, Denver
Open Press: “Small Prints”

2001 Denver Art Museum,
   Celebrate Art Reach: original art work from
   “Arts Benefiting Kids” workshops,
   Celebrate Colorado Artists Show,
      paper sculptured jewelry

2000 Community College of Aurora Faculty Art Show,
   Celebrate Art Reach: original art work from
   “Arts Benefiting Kids” workshops

1999 Open Press, 60/10 10th Anniversary Show
Denver Art Museum, Celebrate Art Reach
CHAC, Chicano Humanities and Arts Council group shows

1998 KUVO, prints and drawings, Denver
Harmony Park Gallery, Off the Master Press, prints,
   Greeley, CO
Open Press, prints
CHAC, prints and drawings, Denver

1997 Open Press, two person show: Mono prints
CHAC, Women’s show
Art Reach, Children’s Workshops Exhibition,
   Denver Art Museum

1996 Alternative Arts Alliance Open Show, Denver
Core New Arts Space, Drawings: The Selkie Series,
University of DePaul Women’s Center, Chicago
Multiple Images, Printmaking Exhibition, Manitou Springs
Art Zone, Robert E. Joup Jewish Community Center

1995 Alternative Arts Alliance Open Show
Faculty Show University of Denver
Commonwheel Artists Gallery, One Person Show,
   painted sculpture
University of Denver, MFA Thesis Exhibition: prints and
   painted sculpture
Max Art Gallery, group shows

1994 University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh,
   Graduate Drawing Exhibition

1987-93 12th National Art Exhibition,
   New Orleans Art Association
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Healing Images Art Fest, Pikes Peak Mental Health Center
Commonwheel Artists Gallery, Manitou Springs
Pirate Gallery, Denver
Eclectic Gallery, Denver
Spark Gallery, Denver
Metropolitan State College, Denver 
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Andrea and Nick Gawrick, Chicago
Elizabeth Palmer, Minneapolis
Gretchen Ferraza, Denver
Korey Smith, Portland
Judy Goodman, Atlanta
Robert J. Hrebek, Sea Girt, NJ
Mr. and Mrs. Gil Asakawa, Denver
Mr. and Mrs. William Makepeace, Boulder
Mark Elder, Chicago
Julie A. Elder, St. Louis
Lisa Chapelle, Colorado Springs
Patrick McNally, Denver
Paula Northern, Maryland
Kim Talley, Denver
Demonstrative Evidence Sourcebook,
   Staffort Hart Publications, Inc. 
2007 - 1998 Open Press: Studio Member
2007-2005 Denver Print Collectors Club, honorary
1999-00 CHAC: Chicano Humanities Arts and Council
1997-98 CHAC; Denver. College Art Association
1991-92 Max Art Gallery,
   Commonwheel Artists Association;
   Manitou Springs

Jubilation, 2009
Watercolor and colored pencil on paper,  37" x 57"

Message Received, 2009
oil on canvas, 60" x 72"

Jubilee, 2009
Pastel on paper
23 1/2" x  15"

Kisses from Heaven, 2009
oil on canvas, 30" x 24"

Graphite on paper, 2009  24" x 19" 

Duality from the Arch Series
Monotype, 30 x 40

oil, 48 x 60

Blue Drape

oil, 36 X 60

Magnitude of Comprehension
oil, 36 x 72

oil, 48 x 60

oil, 34 x 50


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