I am a native of the bayou country of southern Louisiana, blessed to be living here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with my husband and three kids for over 16 years now. It is true what they say here in Ridgefield—this really is our little corner of Paradise! Creating art has always been my lifelong passion, but it often took a back seat to the more practical matters of teaching for a living and managing a home and family. Having now “retired” from teaching and rearing children, I have thrown myself back into art with a new seriousness of purpose. Consequently, it has only been for the past few years that I have even offered my work for sale to the public. Currently my artwork is available through several area galleries and shops. I am grateful and blessed that my paintings have not only won awards and recognition, but also now hang in quite a number of private collections throughout the US and even Europe, as well as in several corporate and public collections. Whether employing oils, pastels, or colored pencil, my style is certainly a form of realism, but I actually do not strive for a photo-realistic result. I prefer to call it “realistic idealism.” My objective when painting is to try to shine a spotlight on some small slice of life, generally viewed as ordinary or mundane, and perhaps re-frame it as something in which to rejoice. Hopefully you, the viewer, will see the tiny, everyday miracles that I am trying to acknowledge and celebrate. I am truly honored to share my work with you and hope that in viewing it, you will find something that somehow brings a warm smile to your heart. Copyright 2010 NW Oil Painters Guild To My Gallery Sampling