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i paint people's souls

My portrait career started when I was 62 years old. I love preserving memories and now I can paint memories my own bold color style. Each person (or animal) I paint has a personal story and most are from the everyday life I live in the beautiful country of Panama. 

Every one of my portraits is personal. The people are real to me and the portraits all tell a story. I love to show the reveals when I can so click below to see all the reveal videos.
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about ME.

A few years ago my husband and I sold everything in the USA and moved to the country of Panama. To LIVE in a different culture and realize the day to day life is simple, loving, seemingly untouched by modern life is a culture that needs to be celebrated.

I want to freeze this simple life in time thru my paintings.

I want to remember that we don’t need much in life to be happy and blessed by God. Many of these portraits are of the Nativos, the people of Panama in their natural simple way of life.

From my own life, to the life of my 2 children, to the life I have now in Panama, I have been a collector of memories through photos, scrapbooks and videos. But it wasn’t until I was in my early 60’s did I realize I could paint portraits with bold color as a way to preserve memories.

My formal college education was in Human Factors Engineering at Tufts University with a semester at Rhode Island School of Design for Industrial Design. I worked a corporate life with IBM for 10 years before gladly opting for a mom’s life. After 30 years in North Carolina, I now live on the ocean in Panama with my husband and my dog and cat.​

I am challenging myself everyday. I am inspired to paint emotions, relationships, cuteness, especially in animals, and all with bold colors. 

I was 5 years old in the photo. Guess which girl I was! When I was about 3 or 4 years old, I remember a visitor coming to our house. She asked, “What do you want to do when you grow up?” I answered, “I want to be an artist and a mommy.” Now I am and will always be ‘an artist and a mommy’. I am blessed!


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