...it was apparent there might be a gift that had been bestowed upon me...
I was born and raised in Lansing Michigan. At the age of four, I began drawing from my story books copying the images on paper. My siblings and parents believed I had traced the images, so it was apparent there might be a gift that had been bestowed upon me to do art. That gift became more evident through the years. I won the art award in high school, and then went on to study art at Michigan State University. My area of emphasis was life drawing. During my studies at MSU, I was introduced to Interior Design which later became my passion and profession. I completed my degree in Colorado at Colorado Christian University, but then majored in business thinking it would later help me in both my art and design careers. I also attended the Art Students League of Denver and studied with Tony Ortega who has inspired my pastel work since.