I grew up in Kansas, looking at big wide landscapes, subtle colors, and a lot of sky. My father's artistic talent seeped into me, but I spent a lot of my life focusing on raising children and our family nursery business in Oregon. About 9 years ago I took a pastel painting class, and have continued to work towards "better" ever since. The vibrant colors of the medium, when combined with my love of drawing as well as painting, provide all the challenge and intrigue I could hope for as an artist. I also paint plein air as the seasons permit, travelling throughout the NW, New Mexico, Europe, or near my beautiful Willamette Valley home.