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 participate 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 have been in the Chamber of Commerce industry for fifteen years, (10 years as a CEO) focusing on Tourism and Economic Development and writing grants for Main Street Re-development and the Arts. I served for 3 years as the Finance Director for the Greater Flagstaff Chamber. “Communities grow where Culture and the Arts are strong”. I served 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 with great pleasure. For the next few years, my time is spent as the President & CEO of the Norton Area Chamber of Commerce and Travel & Tourism. My next artistic venture: restoring the historic Pure Prairie Building (1905) in downtown Norton, KS. Plans are in motion to restore this building into a Community Arts and Cultural Center. We are in process of forming the 'Pure Prairie Art Alliance of Kansas', a 501 C-3 non-profit organization who will run the Arts and Cultural Center. Stay tuned for opportunities to invest in the future of our historic downtown Norton, by becoming more involved with the ARTS for the 'Pure Prairie' pleasure if it ! See you at an exhibition soon! Stay Safe!