Artist Bio

I became serious about painting after I retired from nursing.  My introduction to pastels happened at a Plein Air workshop with Stanley Maltzman in Bend, Oregon.  Mr. Maltzman is an artist from the Hudson Valley Region of New York and during that week I fell in love with pastels.  Since then I have had the opportunity to take workshops from a number of wonderful pastel artists: Kim Lordier, Teresa Saia, Brenda Boylan, Marla Baggetta, and Susan Kuznitsky.  These artists, as well as others, have  inspired me with their passion, talent, creativity and generous spirit.

I paint for fun and am attracted to a variety of subjects, whatever catches my eye or has meaning for me.  I happen to live in a beautiful scenic area and see picture possibilities every day as I walk or drive: mountains, farms, birds, sunrises, sunsets, the ocean, the light hitting a construction site and people.  I generally use my own reference pictures.  Painting has opened my eyes to the light and color in the landscape and the beauty in the ordinary.


  • Lynden Washington “Painted Bike Project” 2019.
  • Northwest Pastel Society 32nd Internation Show,  American Art Company, Tacoma, WA 2019
  • Jansen Art Center Winter Juried Show, Lynden, WA 2018
  • Northwest Pastel Society Member Show, Kirkland, WA 2018
  • Pacific Northwest Pastel Society 32nd International Open,  American Art Company, Tacoma, WA 2018
  • Jansen Art Center Spring Juried Show, Lynden, WA  2018
  • Jansen Art Center Fall Juried Show, Lynden, WA 2017
  • Pacific Northwest Pastel Society 31st International Open, American Art Company, Tacoma, WA 2017
  • Jansen Art Center Spring Juried Show, Lynden, WA 2016


  • Judges’ Choice Award 2nd Place,  Best Blues, September 7, 2017