As a Colorado native, I grew up mostly outdoors tending to numerous animals ranging from horses, cats and dogs to a rescued pheasant named Speedy. Outside of the time I spent with animals, I could be found drawing and painting everything around me. After attending Kansas City Art Institute for Fine Art and receiving my BFA from Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design, I have expanded my skills beyond oil with the use of acrylic, iron, wood, gold leaf and steel. My passion for animals and art has led me to using the combination of various mediums to create a collection of charismatic animals, specializing in pet portraiture. My work aims to memorialize an animal as tribute to the joy we receive from them. As for my online and in person animal painting workshops, my students learn the fundamentals for creating captivating animal portraits using acrylic or oil paint and I greatly enjoy seeing my student’s confidence level in painting excel during my time with them. I currently live in Arvada Colorado with my husband, daughter and goofy labradoodle Maui.