love for animals and art started at an early age. I have
been drawing since I was a young girl. Growing up in the
National Capital area, my parents encouraged my art through
many trips to art museums and enrolling me in art classes.
Our garden was next to acres and acres of wooded parkland
and therefore, I had many animals to observe and sketch.
My own pets, including a pair of ducks, Camilla and Eggbert,
posed for many drawings.
pursuing my Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at the
College of Charleston, in SC, I took as many painting classes
as my busy schedule would allow. Upon graduation, I worked
as a field Biologist in Sea Turtle Conservation at a National
Wildlife Refuge in South Carolina, but continued to draw
and paint for enjoyment. After the sea turtle season ended,
I moved back to DC and began working for the U.S. Navy as
a Biologist in the Natural Resources Conservation Department
at the David Taylor Model Basin, Carderock, MD. While I
was completing my Masters degree in Environmental Science
at Johns Hopkins University, I painted my first dog portrait
for a friend's birthday present. I fell in love with the
creative process and continue to enjoy painting pet portraits
in my Georgetown Studio, with my two dogs, Abbey and Boone,
at my feet.
love for animals, especially my wonderful dogs, strongly
influences my art. I enjoy the challenge of capturing not
only an animal's likeness but also their spirit and personality,
which is why I focus on the eyes.
Our pets provide us with unquestioning love and devotion;
by capturing your animal's unique personality in my paintings
I hope to provide you with a long lasting connection to