I grew up in the Midwest where I studied art at Winona State University in Winona, Minnesota. In 1984 I moved to Colorado, and have lived in the Manitou Springs area for over 15 years. I attended graduate school at the University of Colorado, where I received a masters degree in counseling and human services. Drawing from the magical world of my imagination, I have worked in many different mediums including oils, watercolor, pastels, clay, acrylics, found objects in nature and photography to create unique and expressive pieces of art. My recent works are multi-media, contemporary paintings. In addition to my own painting, I am the director of Studio rla, Expressive Arts Center in Manitou Springs, where I work with children, teens, families and individuals, using the arts as a mode for healing. I conduct one-day art workshops, using the touch drawing process, with teens and adults, and teach art to teens enrolled with FutureSelf. I am currently the president of the Manitou Springs Arts Council, and a member of the Memorial Hospital Arts Advisory Board.
Imagination is experienced in magical moments when the impossible becomes possible. It is a place where the rules of reality have no impact. By freeing ourselves – letting go of that which confines us allows us to create from a space that is individual and unique, where art becomes an expression of the soul. My quest as an artist is to create without inhibition, from the world of my imagination. Touch Drawi