I am an Oregon native who was born and raised in Portland. I am happy working in many forms of art: pencil, pen & ink, oils, photography, ceramics, sculpture, acrylic and watercolor.
I was always encouraged by my mother, Colette Jones, a gifted photographer, artist and sculptor. Mom worked for Portland Parks and Recreation at the end of her life, teaching classes to seniors. She has been the catalyst for several artistic careers including some of my cousins and myself.
Hiking, camping and fishing during my early years, I encountered many of Oregon’s scenic wonders. I was inspired by what I had seen. It always made it hard to choose whether to keep hiking or go home and create.
After high school I joined the Oregon Army National Guard and continued college. In 1980 I apprenticed with Jerry Auker, a professional photographer. I worked as a free lance photographer and started building my portfolio. I spent several years as a staff photographer for studios in Nevada, where I met my husband-to-be. On my first date with him, he introduced me to Ruth Niemi, his friend from Oakridge, Oregon. Ruth was a WPA artist during the great depression. Ruth has been a great friend and mentor for many years. After marriage I continued freelancing in Arizona and California.
Currently, I serve as a Volunteer Artist in Residence at the Butte Falls Elementary School. My work can be seen at Art du Jour Gallery, local art fairs, Premier West Bank in Eagle Point, Peoples Bank of Commerce on Biddle Road and two area medical clinics.