I am an artist, a teacher, and an author/illustrator. I've lived in the Northwest for most of my life. I have traveled overseas and most recently to China. Painting is my north star – it’s where all my life experience and beliefs come together to create an expression of common humanity. My paintings are inspired by the emotions encountered in everyday life, and my inner storyteller. They are attempts to bring life and connection to the forefront and are expressions of my hopes and efforts towards the creation of a more compassionate and unified world. Whether I’m painting a commissioned portrait, a family pet or illustrating a book, I aim to capture the emotion and feeling beyond just the appearance. I am a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and the author/illustrator of two children's picture books, and the illustrator of a series of young adult fiction stories.