2400 Glendale Road
Joplin, MO 64804
I have always enjoyed creating art during my years growing up in Newton, KS. I received a B.A. from the University of Arkansas, and after graduation was employed by Hallmark Cards (Kansas City, MO) as a home furnishings buyer , and later as a Hallmark Design Coordinator. I was trained by Jeannette Lee, V.P. of Corporate Design, and Art Director of Hallmark Cards. There, I participated in the Crown Center Art Fair for several years. After relocating to Joplin, MO, I established Joplin Decorating Center, an Interior Design Studio and Art Gallery, which I currently operate today. I am also a member of Local Color Art Gallery & Studio, a collective of 17 area artists who show their work and teach in a large gallery located in the historic Gryphon Building (1027 S. Main, Joplin). I studied under Jeff Legg, Master Signature Member of Oil Painters Of America, as well as Jason Sacran, John Lasater, Todd Williams, Billyo O’Donnell, and Kelli Folsom. I have exhibited paintings at Spiva Center For the Arts, Midwest Gathering of the Artists, Art Central, and St. Avip’s Gala and Art Auction, Illinois River Watershed Show (NWA), and Brush Creek Art Walk & Show (Kansas City, MO) over the past 10 years. In 2009, I was awarded 2nd place at the Bartlesville, OK Art Show, and a 3rd place award at the St. Avip’s Art Auction. I was part of a select group of painters that exhibited at artCentral in Carthage, MO in February, 2010, and was invited to be part of a group of artists who showed their work at the Missouri State Capitol in April, 2010. In 2012, I was selected as the artist of the official Joplin Bowtie Cure for a Cause. In 2013, I placed 3rd at the Thomas Hart Benton Show (Neosho, MO). In 2014, At the Kansas City Brush Creek Art Walk my plein air painting won the Quick Paint Purchase Award. Also in 2015, at the Art Central Member Show in Carthage, MO, and I took 3rd Place. I am a member of Oil Painter’s of America, American Impressionist Society, Joplin Regional Arts Council. Currently, I reside in Joplin, MO and continue creating art, on and off canvas.