From the time I could hold a crayon, I have been an artist. Raised in Portland, Oregon, in a multi-talented family, my primary artistic mentor while growing up was my paternal grandmother, artist Jean E. Bennett, formerly of Seattle, Washington. This influence was further enhanced by art classes which I attended at Portland State University and the University of Alaska.
I have explored a wide variety of media, but refer to myself as a “fine point artist,” employing intaglio etching, embossing, original pencil renderings and watercolors to render my detailed images. These images run the gamut from cartoons to landscapes; from otherworldly to earthy. I enjoy combining the different media to create unique prints and originals.
My artwork reflects my love of Earth and my deep appreciation for the gift that is Life: its humor, beauty and endless opportunities for learning.
Having moved to the lovely environs of Puget Sound from Alaska in 1999, I am discovering a whole new world of inspirations here. Behind me I have left a history of community participation in the arts, including teaching art to grade school children in Juneau’s Gifted and Talented program, and at the Juneau Fine Arts Camp. I have taken part in numerous invitational, juried, theme, and solo art shows in various galleries throughout Alaska, Washington, and Oregon.
Other interests that I pursue with enthusiasm are Feng Shui, Acupressure, medicinal herbs, Reiki healing touch therapy, travel, hiking, and participating on the board of the Pacific Women’s Circle Association.
There is a place in all of us that has a deep need for healing and beauty. I want my artwork to educate, yet entertain; validate, yet present new perspectives.