Valedictorian of the Class of 1966, Monmouth High School, Monmouth, Illinois.
The American University. Washington, D.C., B.A. in Art Education 1970
University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois. Two years undergraduate study College Fine and Applied Arts. Cumulative grade point average: 3.58 on 4.0 scale.
Edmond E. James Scholar; Alpha Lambda Delta, freshmen women’s honorary; Semester Honors
University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado; 8 hours University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado; 9 hours
Graphic Artist, Slesinger, Yaranoff & Associates Advertising. Inc., Phoenix, Arizona. Member AAAA. 1979-1981. Position included concept development from sketchy layouts to final art. Client presentations. Finished products included 4-color, 2-color, and black-and-white ads for newspaper and magazine publications, posters, multi-page and multi-fold brochures and pamphlets, billboard art, letterheads, business cards, and other printed materials. Agency employed 4-5 artists who worked under the direction of the Art Director. Clients included Ramada Inns, Century Bank, KOY/KQYT. Wickenberg Inn. Gregory’s Restaurants, Granada Royale Hometels, Triad, and the Phoenix Open.
Chief Designer and Administrative Assistant for Adtec Advertising Co., Greeley, Colorado. 1973-1977. Mechanical illustrations for manufacture of electric plexiglas and neon signs. Creation of graphic images for customers and adjusting existing logos or trademarks for sign restrictions or needs. Drawings were used both by sales personnel and shop production. Also handled all office duties including full bookkeeping.
Free-lance artist, 1977-1979. Designed and produced brochures, newspaper ads, logos. posters, letterheads, and other printed materials. This included layouts, ink comprehensives, paste up. writing copy, photography, overlays, and illustrations.
1972, graphic artist. Graphics Unlimited Eaton, Colorado. Duties included paste up, darkroom, plate making, flat making, camera.
1978, graphic artist, Empire Printing, Boulder, Colorado. Duties included paste up, typesetting on Compugraphic Jr., shooting PMTs.
1969, Illustrator Assistant, GS-4, Federal Aviation Administration. Washington. D.C. Duties included preparing visual aids, such as vu-graphs and flip charts, for govt. presentations.
1972, Illustrator, GS-5, Ft. Carson, Colorado. US Army. Duties included layouts and paste ups for local newspapers and posters for Special Services activities.
1970-1971, Art Teacher, grades 7. 8, 9, Champaign. Illinois.
1979, Instructor. University of Colorado, Boulder “Media 121”, College of Environmental Design
1995-1998, Instructor. Trinidad State Junior College Walsenburg Center, including courses in Watercolor Painting, Drawing, Tioga General Art classes, and an Education class.
1996-1998, Facilitator, Children’s Art Workshop, La Veta. Art for children ages 5-12.
1999-present, instructor private watercolor classes, including several at the La Veta School of the Arts.
Hobbies & Interests
Painting, flower gardening, sewing
2009 Ryus Ave. Bakery, La Veta, Colorado
2006 Koshare Museum, with one other artist, La Junta, Colorado
2005 Barnes & Noble Booksellers, the Citadel, Colorado Springs
2002 South Main St. Gallery, La Veta, Colorado
2002 Ryus Ave. Bakery, La Veta, Colorado
2002 YWCA, Southern Colorado Watercolor Society, Pueblo
2001 Parkside Gallery, La Veta, Colorado
2000 Exhibit of acrylic paintings, 1st Nat’l Bank in Walsenburg, Colorado
2000 Exhibit of Watercolors, Kaleidescope Gallery, Buell Children’s Museum, Pueblo, Colorado
2001 Exhibit of watercolors and acrylic paintings, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Pueblo, Colorado
Juried and/or judged Group Exhibits
2010 Taos Nat’l Society of Watercolorists’ Members Exhibit, Taos, NM
2009 Taos Nat’l Society of Watercolorists’ 13th Nat’l Exhibit of American Watercolor, Taos, NM
2009 18th National Exhibition and Sale, AANC, Fort Collins. CO
2008 Taos Nat’l Society of Watercolorists’ 12th Nat’l Exhibit of American Watercolor, Taos, NM
2008 Arizona Watercolor Association National Watercolor Exhibition 2008, Glendale, AZ
2007 Taos Nat’l Society of Watercolorists’ 11th Nat’l Exhibit of American Watercolor, Taos, NM
2007 TALAS (Trinidad Area Local Artists Show), Trinidad, Colorado “Best of Show”
2007 Pueblo Art Guild Spring Show “Best of Show” professional category
2006 Spanish Peaks Arts Council (SPACe) Majestic Colorado Judge’s Choice
2006 TALAS Best of Categories: Acrylic; Best of Categories: watercolor
2006 Trinidad Art League Critter’s Show 3rd place
2005 Taos Nat’l Society of Watercolorists’ 9th Nat’l Exhibit of American Watercolor, Taos, NM
2005 Pueblo Art Guild Spring Show 2nd Place, acrylics; 2nd Place, watercolor; 3rd Place, watercolor
2004 Town of Breckenridge Theatre Gallery, Breckenridge, Colorado
2004 Spanish Peaks Arts Council Majestic Colorado Judge’s Choice and 3rd Place.
2003 Art at Christmas, Pueblo Bank & Trust, 14th annual show, Pueblo, Colorado
2001 Colorado Watercolor Society State Watermedia Exhibition, Colorado History Museum, Denver, Colorado
2001 Watermedia XII, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado
1999 Pueblo Art Guild Southwest Show, 1st place, watercolor; 2nd place, acrylic
1999 Santa Fe Trail Regional Art Show, Trinidad, Colorado. Best of Categories, acrylic
1999 Pueblo Art Guild Spring Show, Best of Show and 1st place, watercolor 1st place, acrylic
1995 Santa Fe Trail Regional Art Show, Trinidad, Best of Show
1999 Watercolor painting of Millennium Holiday Tree chosen to represent “Colorado’s Gift to the Nation” project for the People’s Christmas Tree in Washington D.C. Donated artwork was used on a variety of products, notecards, T-shirts, posters, etc, to raise funds for the project.
1998 Murals: three floor-to-ceiling murals of the Spanish Peaks inside 1st Nat’l Bank in Walsenburg, plus 3 additional 4’ x 6’ murals depicting history of the area. Walsenburg, Colorado.
Numerous commissioned paintings
Spanish Peaks Arts Council, President and Gallery Director, La Veta, Colorado
1994 – present. Self employed artist, fabricating, distributing, and selling reproductions of own artwork.
Creating and maintaining a website. Doing all record keeping, taxes, the advertising for own business.
Maintaining databases of work that is available in numerous outlets. Photographing work.
1998 – present. Doing publicity, designing marketing materials for the Spanish Peaks Arts Council.
Scheduling meetings and running the meetings for the Board of Directors and the Gallery and Exhibit
Committee as well as other meetings. Keeping current databases of members, organizations, artists,
and publicity contacts. Printing mailing labels. Creating entry forms and posters. Compiling a new
Gallery brochure for each new show. Maintaining the website. Writing Grants. Photos for website.
Answering emails. Managing Facebook page. Producing the quarterly newsletter and emailing it to
members. Printing newsletters to mail to members with no email address.
1988 -1993. Manager/Owner of Horizon Travel, Longmont, CO. Duties included bookkeeping, including payroll, ARC report, taxes, monthly statements and daily records/bank deposits. Hiring and training of new agents. All travel agent skills, including reservations through CRS with System One, selling vacation packages and cruises, all paperwork required. Began agency bookkeeping in 1985. Began learning agent skills in 1986.
Three grown children, 2 sons, one daughter, 3 grandchildren.