I was born in Washington D.C and have been involved with art and gardening as long as I can remember. In 1995 my husband Joe and I moved to North Western Franklin County to our farm, Bethany Springs, east of Hermann Missouri.
With a growing passion for native species, we work on restoring and establishing natural areas reminiscent of early settlement prairies, savannas and wetlands. With over 200 acres dedicated to prairie restoration, native pollinator species, wetland habitat, glades and woodlands, my work evolves in response to the natural environment surrounding our 1874 stone home tucked in a quiet valley in Missouri Wine Country.
Gardening and painting are parallel passions that work together, strengthening my dedication to the preservation of natural areas. Interpreting the natural world with a specific focus on the study of native plants and landscapes continues to push my work forward. From the smallest species to the grand sweeping fields and savannas across the Missouri River Valley landscape, I strive to connect and share the ever-changing light and color of our region.
I received my Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and a Masters of Arts in Teaching and Communications/Aesthetics from Webster University in St. Louis. Additionally, I received a Master’s of Education in Educational Leadership from Maryville University in St. Louis. I have been teaching Art for 28 years and offer private and semi-private workshops at Bethany Springs Farm.
My work can be found in private collections across the United States.