I grew up in the Pacific Northwest but I've made Atlanta home since 1999. I'm a painter, illustrator and trompe l'oeil muralist accustomed to working in just about every medium because of my experience as a commissioned artist but I work most with mixed media. I also paint whimsical animal portraits and illustrations and you may find those online by searching for Smelly Rhino Studio or on find my other shops on Etsy and Artfire.
Formally educated in Fine Art and French at Seattle University, I also studied French in France. After two decades and two career changes including Fashion and later, Interior Design, I eventually decided to pursue my passion for painting and went to school to be a decorative painter, attending the Faux School in Louisville and the Finishing Source in Atlanta, where I learned all aspects of interior decorative painting for walls, furniture and molding. It was during this time that I met and studied the art of Trompe L'oeil, tutored by the Premier Craftsman of France, Michel Nadai. Since then, I have gone on to complement my other painting skills by attending the Dru Blair School in North Carolina. Dru is one of the foremost airbrush artists in the world and I recommend his courses highly to add another layer to your depth of abilities.
As a fine artist, I really feel that this background has really enhanced my traditional Fine Art education. I really love mixing textures and my decorative painting background is proving to be an important addition to my Fine Art applications. I have been painting my whole adult life, but have been a full-time artist since 2006.
I am a self-represented artist and award winning member of EBSQart.com as well as the ACEO team (Art Cards Editions and Originals) on ebay. I've been published in the Art House Co-op's Canvas Project 2009.