Art has always been a part of my life. I began my career as a junior high school art and photography teacher. I studied textile design, spent many years as a graphic designer and finally taught for several years at the college level. During all of these career changes, art was the common thread. After many detours, I discovered pastels. I love the vividness and tactile softness that pastels offer and the interplay of layers of color. I often use a watercolor underpainting as a basis for the pastel layers in my work. This creates the interaction of transparent and opaque mediums which adds to the visual quality of the final piece. One of my favorite things to paint is the Flint Hills. I grew up in south central Kansas and now live in northeast Kansas. I frequently travel through the Flint Hills, often stopping to take photos. During the fall last year, we took a day trip to Wabaunsee County and found the most amazing views. I loved the vibrant colors and the softly rolling hills.