I am a daughter of God, a wife, a mother, and an artist—in that order. But since my art circles me back again to my role as a daughter of God, I suspect the missions I carry in each will intertwine in unexpected ways.
I’ve been drawing since I was old enough to hold a pencil and started actively selling my art when I was 11 years old. But since I’d been told all my life about the “starving artist syndrome,” and that if I intended to do realism, I “wasn’t really creative,” I gradually began to believe—like so many do—that what I loved to do wasn’t really a worthy pursuit. By the time I graduated college in the very practical degree of Industrial Design, my art had become mere drudgery. But, to all those who have lost their passion in life, may I share my deepest hope with you!
After what can only be described as a series of miracles, I found out that my realist style had a larger market than I realized. With a little sweat, I could make it work, and boy was the sweat worth it! I then got the privileged opportunity to be mentored by the great William Whitaker, as well as becoming the “Artistic Accomplice” of my dear friend Mara Schasteen. They helped me cut through those compelling doubts and rekindle my hope that painters can, indeed, succeed. Next I viewed The Banishment of Beauty by Scott Burdick, and my simple hope transformed into a compelling mission. I could finally see the myriad of ways that beauty had been undermined and belittled over the last 100 years, and caught the vision of all the good a great painting can do. Finally, thanks to mentoring by Diann Jeppson and the wonderful opportunity to write the High School Art History curriculum for Latter-day Learning, I am finally able to spread my mission’s message beyond the four walls of my studio.
My recent work has been exhibited in juried shows including the Springville Art Museum’s Annual Spring Salon, the LDS International Art Competition, and the STEMS Plein Air event; but I enjoy the chance to speak and lecture on my paintings even more than juried exhibitions. I hope that my work will inspire its viewers to a deep study of Isaiah’s writings, a firm commitment to personal excellence, and a solemn pledge to trust God above all else.