Bio

The purpose of my artwork is to share with my viewers the magic I find every time I step outside to explore nature. Even as a child, I was building trail systems in my back woods, and I continue to find life and spiritual release in the forests, waterways and mountains of my native New England. While I am usually alone during my travels, I feel compelled to act as a guide, showing people the special places that exist all around us. I feel that every landscape is a portrait, and most of my work has the places that I have visited and photographed as its foundation.

I was fortunate to have a gifted and enthusiastic art teacher who took me on as a 6 year old and continued to inspire me into my teens. I did portraits - the human kind - in my 20's, did drafting work for a New York City firm, and had a small business logo design company that created business cards, record labels, calligraphy and custom graphics. I have owned Trail Magic Studio, my greeting card and print company, since 
2009. It is named after the thru-hiker term, in memory of my hiking trips, and to honor all those who have provided assistance along my personal trail of life.

My career shifted to horticulture for a few decades, a choice that continues to profoundly influence my way of seeing nature. As a creative outlet, I learned to silversmith and found the engineering aspect of that artform enjoyable, and the product easy to sell. By 2005, however, I was longing to paint again. I picked up an old pan set of watercolors, and one snowy winter I used it as a way to connect with a place that I love but no longer see anymore. The "look" of watercolor has always been irresistable to me, yet until then, I'd never used this medium. Since that first painting, I have been so thrilled with watercolors I've wanted to learn everything I can about this fascinating and elusive medium.

I live with my husband in our organic, solar-powered home in the lake country of Western Vermont along with our cats and abundant wildlife. Inspiration is right outside my front door in the maple and oak clad mountain that shelters our house, and in the beautiful lakes and rivers where I love to kayak.