I began painting in 1996, taking grant writing classes during her tenure with the artist co-operative Timberline Gallery in Oakhurst, CA near Yosemite National Park. Taking classes weekly for 4 years with Brumley Gallery Owner, Joan Brumley, at Bass Lake, CA, led to assisting her in organizing Art Workshop Events for many years, including a Mexico trip. As often as possible I regularly participates in Professional Art Workshops from renowned artists including Tom Lynch, Rose Edin, Joseph Bohler, Alvaro Castagnet, Lian Quan Zhen, and most recently Eric Wiegardt and Mel Stabin. I am an active member of the Arizona Watercolor Association, where I served on the Executive Board as Exhibition Director and Treasurer. Art has always played a major role in my personal and professional development. It's amazing to be in the Chamber of Commerce industry for fourteen years, (eight years as a CEO) focusing on Tourism and Economic Development and writing grants for Main Street Re-development and the Arts. I currently serve as the Finance Director for the Greater Flagstaff Chamber. “Communities grow where Culture and the Arts are strong”. Currently I am serving on the Executive Board for the Flagstaff Arts Council. I support the Williams Alliance for the Arts, and I am a Juried Member and past Executive Board Member of the Arizona Alliance for the Arts. I belong to the Northern Arizona Watercolor Society and AWA where I actively served on the Board for 4 years.