I was born in Washington State with a strong family history of very creative people. At the age of two my family moved to the amazing wilderness of Alaska where I spent my young childhood in the great outdoors exploring and imagining. It was there at the age of 8 that I discovered drawing in an art class attended with my mother. Although the God given ability to create was realized the desire to explore and interact with nature was stronger. At the age of 12 my family moved to the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State where I have remained, exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Periodically during my young adulthood I experimented with art in an occasional class or on my own but the desire to bring it to the forefront was not yet there. I met my husband and avid supporter Burt while attending college and have since raised two wonderful children who are exploring their own worlds and discovering their places in it. It was when I became an "empty nester" that I discovered the time to dive into the creative side of my brain and let it blossom into what it is today. It has been a wonderful time of discovery and with the encouragement of family and friends I have ventured out to share my art with the world. Painting and highlighting the Olympic Peninsula has become a passion that has since grown into “theOP Olympic Peninsula” logo and brand that can be found online, in stores and in local Galleries. I finds great joy
when someone connects with and enjoys one of my art pieces.
You can find me during the early spring through early fall months at some of our local festivals with my art studio booth. I love to chat with people about their creativity and encourage them to pursue their artistic talents. It is never too late to get started with your creative talent and see where it can take you!
Please browse all the collections and if I can answer any questions please get ahold of me through the "contact" link. If I don't get back with you right away, please excuse me as I may be on the road, in my studio, at work or spending much needed time with family!
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"theOP Olympic Peninsula" and how it came to be!
I have lived in, played in and explored the great Olympic Peninsula for over 40 years. So much diversity is here, in an all inclusive and beautifully wrapped package we locals call "theOP".
After taking up drawing and watercolor painting years ago I've come to realize the thing I enjoy capturing the most with my paints is this amazing area I live in, the Olympic Peninsula.
After much contemplation, creation and energy, the idea and plan of "theOP" formed and going forward I knew it needed a simply designed Logo to identify and encapsulate our own world of the Olympic Peninsula. Hence, "theOP" was formed!
It will take me many, many lifetimes to try and capture the Olympic Peninsula and I will endeavor to do so with much joy and fun! My hope is that you enjoy, as much as I have and will, my interpretations of "theOP"
Do you have any places of our great Olympic Peninsula that you would like to see me paint? Please, send me a note, (contact) share your idea and why you like it so much! I love to hear the personal story behind the ideas! As always my works in progress can be followed on my Instagram and Facebook page (links below).