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Having grown up in many locations, I now make my home in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with my family. Many are surprised to find out that even though creating art was my first passion and first choice of a degree, I ended up earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering. As a result, I spent 14 years working in industry as an engineer before “retiring” to raise children and start working on my art again using pastels as a medium. Pastels lead me to join the Pastel Society of New Mexico and to studying with some of my favorite pastel artists including Anita Louis West, Sally Strand, Liz Hayward-Sullivan, and Richard McKinley. Initially, I thought I wanted to paint landscapes, but I eventually found myself more interested and excited about painting still-life due to the variety of colors, shapes, textures, and reflective surfaces possible. I enjoy painting both and often experiment with mixing a still-life with a landscape. I entered my first Art exhibition in 2003 and was honored to be awarded 2nd place for one of my paintings. Since that time I have won many local, national and international art competitions, including 1st place in the Still Life Category of The Artist Magazine 2009 Annual Art competition, The Grand Prize in the Pastel Journal’s 2010 Pastel 100 annual competition, “Best of Show” in the 2014 New Mexico Masterworks competition and “Best of Show” in the 2015 Pastel Society of New Mexico National Exhibition. In addition to awards, I have also earned Signature status in the Pastel Society of America, and Distinguished Pastelist status in the Pastel Society of New Mexico and Pastel Society of the West Coast. My artwork has also been featured in magazine articles in both the Artist’s Magazine and the Pastel Journal. “Every artists dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.” – Henry Ward Beecher