Bio – Resume

I was born in woodsy Connecticut, soon filling sketchbooks with faces and unicorns, always striving to “make stuff look like stuff.”  I grew up in the southern Oregon desert absorbing inspiration from the animals, starry skies and wide-open spaces of the family ranch. While pursuing my bachelors degree at Pacific University, then my Masters at the Savannah College of Art and Design, I traveled the country and the world, each new location and relationship contributing to my love of the environment and the development of my artistic style. My interest in homesteading was piqued while living in suburban Austin, TX where i converted my front yard into a vegetable garden and raised my first 4 hens in the backyard. Pocket the Corgi joined us at this time opening up a whole new career for me: needle-felted pet portraits, specializing in corgis! My family and I moved back to Oregon in 2011 and found ourselves a ‘real’ homestead: 17 acres at the foothills of the coastal range. Here we raise animals for meat and organic vegetables to feed ourselves and our community and learn more and more about life every day, including all its ups and downs, failures and delicious successes.

My passion for sustainable living, respecting nature, and love of homesteading all show up in my art and hopefully inspire others to consider their impact on the planet – or at least inspire a fondness for cute puppies and ducklings.

Publications & Clients:

Self Reliance Magazine, Winter 2016. Spot illustrations.
Self Reliance Magazine, assorted issues. Freelance writer.
“Snackit Adventures: Bedtime Snackit,” by Timothy G. Mueller, 2011
“Gardening With Grandma” by Eric Brunsvold,  2010
DRT Press “The Forever Friends Club”
“Mishka: An Adoption Tale,”
Inspired Design (2009-10)
Southpaw Jones (2008)
Frishco Inc (2008 – 09)
Southwest Art Magazine (Nov 2007)
Oak Hill Gazette (2007)
Springbank Farm (2007)
Design88 (2006 – 07)
Russell Shaw (Feb 2007)
Highlights Magazine For Children (Feb, Oct 2007)
Praxair Healthcare Services (2006)
Thunder Mouth’s Press (2006)
O’Driscoll Wine Cellars (2006)
Summer Santa’s Frozen Fun (2005)
Caboodle! Toys (2005 – 06)
CMYK Magazine (Sept 2005)
Teatrio Poster Competition (Italy, 2005)
Commissioned Portraiture (2000 – present)


East Austin Studio Tour. Austin Figurative Gallery
(Austin TX, Nov 17 – 18 2007)
Evolution: A Grand Opening. Pump Project Art Complex (Austin TX, 2007)
Self Portrait Show. Austin Figurative Gallery (Austin TX, Sept 1 2007)
Radical Nautical. Gallery Lombardi (Austin TX, Aug 2 – Sept 1 2007)
Naut So Radical. Austin Figurative Gallery (Aug 3 2007)
Austin Visual Arts Association 30th Anniversary
(Austin TX, June 28  – July 30 2007)
Austin Figurative Gallery Grand Opening (Austin TX, April 28 2007)
FemmeXX v2 (Dallas TX, April 2007)
Nyack Art Walk (Nyack NY, Oct 2006)
Solo Show. The Store Room Gallery @ Gillard’s (Bronxville NY, Oct 2006)
“Puppies & Portraits” Solo show (Tarrytown NY, Sept 2006)
“Switch-a-roo” Juried exhibition (Savannah GA, 2005)

See Artist CV for complete exhibition history