I grew up on the Central Coast of California surrounded by beautiful landscapes and wildlife. As a child I drew on everything and for everyone. For instance, drawing horses and flowers in ink pen on napkins for waitresses at restaurants. In high school I started painting in acrylic and oils. I still have my first three paintings. At 18 I was commissioned to paint my first mural! An exterior mural, 40' x 9' on the side of a house in Santa Maria, California. Since then, mural painting has been my favorite! On a study abroad trip to Paris and London, I studied photography which has greatly influenced my creativity. In 2010, I started my career as a union Plumber doing a five year apprenticeship program. After I became a journeyman Plumber I had my baby girl and in 2018 our new little family moved to Longmont, Colorado and I'm in LOVE! There is such diverse culture and art here in the Denver-Metro areas. I have already restarted my art career here, painting many pet and people portraits along with a mural project in Longmont. I mostly paint murals and create commission pieces for art patrons using all professional paints and materials. My paintings are detailed, full of meaning and use vivid complementary colors!
I use many different mediums including acrylics, oil paints with textural ingredients. All paintings are made using professional grade materials. Soon I hope to have space to create more and incorporate different materials including welding and sculpture! I have painted on many different items for people, for instance, animal and people furniture, roping dummy steer head, wood boxes, wood chests, mail boxes, business signs, water tanks, a propane tank, horse barns, horse stables, and other things.
A painting should speak to a person through color, composition, subject and materials used along with the viewer's own unique life experiences. My artworks show my love of light, detail, nature, animals and my dreams.
I have been asked many times, "what inspires you?" I'm very inspired by my surroundings, landscapes I've seen, hikes and adventures I've been on. My work is distinctive because of bold vibrant colors, shading, blending and most of all detail. I love to through in personal touches. For instance, if I'm painting a commission Pet Portrait. I would ask the owner what background they prefer, their pet's favorite toy!
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