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As a primarily self-taught artist, I've always been able to draw and paint. While I have no formal training, my education has been enhanced by observation and learning from artists whose work I admire and experimenting to make the work my own.
I create collages using authentic vintage papers and books, from which I combine various ephemera to create unique pieces. I'm always on the hunt for old books and papers to use in collages.
My latest passion is a series of animal collages using torn hand painted and handmade papers. Other collage series include using portions of magazine pages or mixtures of numbers, tags and other ephemera.
I also enjoy painting. My subject matter ranges from abstracts to landscapes to city scapes to commissioned animal portraits. Living in the beautiful Central Texas Hill Country offers many intriguing subjects for paintings, from ranch fields to old barns and vehicles. I work in pastels and watercolor, although my first love is the color and range I get with acrylics. My work is realistic, a bit impressionistic, and I enjoy experimenting with color and texture.
Yet another passion is creating custom pet portraits. I've painted many breeds of dogs, plus cats, horses, a chicken and even a baby pig. I paint from photographs and I keep in contact with my clients with photographs to make sure they are happy with the portrait before I send it to them.
I am an active member of the Creative Arts Society in Austin, Texas,. My work has been shown at Butterfly Gallery in Dripping Springs, Texas, Art Connections Gallery in LaGrange, Texas, Echo Gallery in Johnson City, Texas, Art on 12 in Wimberley, Texas. and Link & Pin Gallery in Austin, Texas. I've also shown in juried shows at the Bass Concert Hall on the campus of the University of Texas in Austin. Some of my work hangs in salons and restaurants in the Austin area.
Come along with me on my journey!
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