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I am a contemporary artist working in oil and pastel. Influenced by the natural world, I paint simplified landscapes, breaking down elements into their basic shapes and forms. This has led to an exploration of full abstraction. Artists such as Wayne Thiebaud, Richard Diebenkorn, Henri Matisse, Mark Rothko, Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt and Pierre Bonnard continue to inspire me. Whether painting large or small, abstract or representational, I'm guided by design, balance, movement, texture, rhythm, contrast, energy, harmony, and color.


Reared in Austin, I attended the University of Texas where I earned a bachelor's degree in Advertising. After ten years in Chicago and Dallas working as a copywriter/Creative Director in ad agencies, I returned to Austin to explore my full range of creative interests: writing and painting. The last ten years I have been painting regularly, taking workshops from accomplished artists, and exhibiting in local, regional and national juried exhibitions.

My art education began with design courses at UT and continued with 25+ years of experience in the visual arts. I've taken coursework at The Contemporary Austin's Art School at Laguna Gloria with Laurel Daniel, Eve Larson, David Everett and Dianne Grammer. I've taken workshops with recognized artists such as Gordon Fowler, Carol Marine, Laurel Daniel, Vicki McMurry and Sandy Ostrau and continue this practice to expand my knowledge. I have been a contributing art editor to Life as a Human digital magazine.


Contributing editor to Life as a Human digital lifestyle magazine, including "An Inspiring Journey in the World of Fantasies and Abstractions."


Inclusion in “International Contemporary Masters 2009,” published by OMMA Center of Contemporary Art,



Nov. 4 - Dec. 1, 2016  -- "Lens and Brush" Exhibit at Old Bakery & Emporium, 1007 Congress Ave, Austin, TX.


October, 2016 -- "Energy & Stillness" National Juried Abstract Exhibit, Santa Cruz Art League, Santa Cruz, CA


May 2016 - WEST (West Austin Studio Tour), Austin Art Space


February, 2015 - March, 2016 - Alina B, Danville CA


September 2015 - Old Bakery & Emporium Gallery, Austin


February 2015 - 5x7 Invitational, The Contemporary Austin, Brazos Hall


September 2014 - "Side by Side" exhibit, Old Bakery and Emporium Gallery, Austin


April 2, 2014 - 5x7 Invitational, The Contemporary Austin, Brazos Hall


February 2014 - "Faith and Arts Celebration" / University Presbyterian Church, Austin


November 2013 - "Solo Abstract Show" / Bruegger's Bakery, Austin


November 2013 - "AVAA Fall Group Exhibit"


October 2013 - "Side by Side" Exhibit with photographer collaborator Bill Oakey / Old Bakery and Emporium


September 2013 - Howson Public Library, Tarrytown, Austin


August 2013 - First Presbyterian Church, 8001 Mesa, Austin


Spring 2013 - West Austin Studio Tour, Studio J, Austin

March 2013 - Scarbrough Building 6th Street Main Lobby, Austin

February 2013 - AVAA For the Love of Art Exhibit, Austin

February 2013 - Passion for Art and Architecture, Austin

December 2012 - AVAA 12Buy Juried Exhibit, Austin

August 2012 - Old Bakery & Emporium Gallery, Austin


April 2012 - AMOA / Arthouse 5x7 Invitational, Austin


February 2012 - AVAA 35th Anniversary Exhibition, Austin


May 2011 - 5x7 Invitational, Arthouse at the Jones Center, Austin


December 2010 - "Library Foliage" Juried Exhibit, Studio2Gallery, Austin


Spring 2010 - Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Art, Las Vegas


December 2007 - Rhonda Schaller Studio, New York


July 2007 - AVAA 30th Anniversary Exhibition, Austin



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