The Artist

I am a full time artist living in Helena, Alabama, using many media including pastels, acrylic, pen & ink and mixed media collages. But my greatest love is drawing in any medium.

“There is nothing more beautiful than an expressive, fluid line on a piece of paper.” My love of detail and color adds life to my drawings, pastels and paintings.

I have always wanted to be an artist, as you can see by the story I wrote in second grade! I was always drawing…or reading a book.

I earned a BFA in Art and Art Education at the University of South Dakota. I have continued to learn in workshops from leading artists in the Southwest, including, Camille Pryzewodek, Ben Konis, Jerry Seagle, Carolyn Bunch, Alan Flatman, Christine Debrowsky, Mike Mahon, and Sara Chambers. I have shared my love of art by giving many demonstrations to local arts groups. It is fun to have non- artists be amazed at what I think is just an easy process!


Before settling in El Paso in 1999, I had my own business for twenty years, specializing in decorative arts and crafts. When I moved to El Paso, I could leave the “country crafts” behind and focus on fine arts. I was fascinated by the colors and the light of the desert and the surrounding mountains that were so foreign to a Midwesterner. My photographer husband, Charlie, and I have been lucky to have traveled all over Mexico, from Chihuahua to Chiapas, from the Baja to the Yucatan, and many places in between.

I was embraced by the El Paso Art community when I lived there. I was able to be in many shows and exhibits throughout the years, including shows in Mexico. I was excited to have my first one person show at the Hal Marcus Gallery. Charlie and I were honored to be asked to have a joint show at the Chamizal National Memorial…our first show together. I gave back to the community by donating art to many worthy causes. My work appeared on the cover of the El Paso Scene over thirty times.


Seeing your art work in a national art magazine is very exciting and I have been honored three times. Two times my drawings have been included in drawing anthology books and after 13 years of trying, one of my pastels was featured in the Pastel Journal’s Pastel 100 in 2021.

One of my proudest achievements was being inducted into my High School’s Hall of Achievement in 2008 as an Outstanding Graduate.

In 2012, I was honored to be one of 100 artists included in the “Inquisitive Eyes-El Paso Art, 1960-2012” at the El Paso Museum of Art.



In Memoriam

Charlie, my husband in both life and art, died on June 2, 2022. We met each other later in life, but we had 27 wonderful years together…traveling to all the places we loved and living our best life in El Paso. He supported my artistic career and his photos were often the inspiration for my paintings.
charlie & candy

Additional Info

More about my Exhibits and Honors


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  • Honorable Mention in Pastel Journal Magazine’s Pastel 100 contest.


  • El Paso Scene Cover in December.
  • Plein Air Show, Third Place.
  • Ruidoso, NM Arts Festival, Best of Class & Second Place in Pastels.


  • Artist Tip published in national The Artists Magazine.
  • Programs at Rio Bravo Watercolorists Meeting & at The Marketplace.


  • El Paso Scene Covers: January, Plein Air Painters & April, Artists Studio Tour.


  • KCOS-TV Art Auction, Juror Award.
  • Pastel Society of El Paso, Second Place.
  • Ruidoso Arts Festival, Second Place, Pastels.
  • Poster Artist for Franciscan Fine Arts Festival & Dia de los Muertos Show, Mesilla, NM.
  • Hospice El Paso Painted Chilies, Second Place.
  • Trost Urban Transformation Downtown Exhibit, Award of Merit.
  • Artistic Celebration of Our Mountains, Third Place.


  • January & October El Paso Scene Cover.
  • EPAA Spring Show, Judge’s Award.
  • “El Paso Landmarks” Show at City Hall.
  • KCOS-TV Art Auction, Local Flavor Award, First Place.
  • Poster artist for La Vina Spring Festival & The First Thanksgiving.
  • EPAA Spring Show Judges Award.
  • Pastel Society of El Paso Show, Third Place.
  • Arts International Show, Bill Rakocy Memorial Award.


  • EPAA Arts International, Second Place & El Paso Scene Award.
  • October & April El Paso Scene Cover.
  • One of 12 artists selected to paint metal pick ax for UTEP Centennial.
  • January El Paso Scene Cover.  My pick ax & myself.
  • Pastel Society of El Paso Show, Second Place.
  • El Paso City Art Purchase for City Hall.


  • Included in collage anthology book, “Incite: Dreams Realized” by North light Books.
  • EPAA “Colors of Spring Show, Judges Award.
  • El Paso Scene Covers: Celebre la Familia, Plein Air Painters, 20th Anniversary.
  • Franciscan Arts Festival, Poster Artist.
  • Artistic Celebration of Our Mountains, Second Place.


  • El Paso Scene Covers: Toma Mi Corazon & November “River Cottonwood.”
  • Celebre la Buena Vida: Invitation & El Paso Inc. Third Place.
  • “Inquisitive Eyes El Paso 1960-2012,” El Paso Museum of Art.
  • Ruidoso Art Festival, Second & Third Place in Pastels.
  • “Thirteen Years on the Border” Retrospective Show.
  • “Viva Mexico” Sunland Art Gallery, First Place.
  • Artistic Celebration of Our Mountains, Honorable Mention.


  • Pastel Society of El Paso, Second Place.
  • “The South of Spain,” joint show with Charlie at Sasahara Gallery.
  • Art Windows at El Paso Airport.
  • Hospice El Paso Painted Chilies, Honorable Mention.
  • Plein Air Painters of El Paso Show, Third Place.
  • Poster for La Vina Harvest Festival.
  • Sun Bowl Exhibit.  Blue Ribbon Purchase Award.
  • El Paso Scene Covers: Toma Mi Corazon, July “Cristo Rey,” & El Paso Scenes   Show.
  • Legacy Art El Paso Featured Artist.


  • EPAA Spring Show. First Place.
  • El Paso Scene Cover: Toma Mi Corazon.
  • Pastel Society of El Paso, Honorable Mention.
  • Mission Art Markets, First Thanksgiving,Billy the Kid, & Ysleta Cultural Market.


  • Donated paintings & painted a mural for ABC-TV’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition.
  • Guest lecturer & poster artist at University of Texas at El Paso as part of Womens History Month.
  • “The Yucatan,” joint show with Charlie at The Rose & Crown Gallery.
  • My collage was used for the backdrop at the Civic Center for the ELCA Lutheran Synod Assembly.
  • Bi-National Painting Exhibition, Paquime Festival, Casas Grandes, MX. Honorable Mention.
  • Book signing at Barnes & Nobles for “Strokes of Genius 2.” Two of my drawings were chosen for the drawing anthology book.
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe Show, Second Place.


  • Guest lecturer at UTEP as part of Womens History Month.
  • Poster artist for “Siglo de Oro,” Spanish Drama Festival at the Chamizal National Memorial & for The United Way.
  • “Vive lo Que Ves,” Group exhibit at the University of Juarez, Mexico.
  • Several shows with Juntos Art Association, including one at La Reforma National Conference.


  • Lady of Guadalupe Show, Best of Show & Honorable Mention.
  • “Mujeres sin Fronteras/Women without Borders,”
  • International Show sponsored by the Mexican Consulate.
  • Exhibits in El Paso, Juarez, & Las Cruces.
  • “On the Border,” Plein Air Show at the Chamizal National Memorial.


  • “Why Not?” International Museum of Art, Award of Excellence.
  • El Paso Art Association Arts International, Guaranteed  Purchase Award.
  • “Diversity in Realism,” one woman show at International Museum of Art.
  • IV Binational Painting Exhibit, Paquime Festival, Casas Grandes, Mexico, Honorable Mention.
  • Pastel Society of El Paso Show, First Place and Honorable Mention.
  • “Travels in Mexico,” one woman show at Hal Marcus Gallery.


  • Lady of Guadalupe Show, First Place in Craft Div. and Honorable Mention in Fine Art Div.,La Galeria de la Mision de Senecu.
  • Sierra Providence EPAA Arts International, Guaranteed Purchase Award.
  • El Paso Art Association’s “Colors of Spring Show,” First Place Award.
  • Cover of El Paso Scene- El Paso Landmarks.


  • “Along the Rio Grande,” Plein Air Show, Chamizal National Memorial and the Department of the Interior Gallery, Washington, D.C.
  • Sun Bowl Show, International Museum of Art, Honorable Mention.
  • El Paso Art Association Fall Show, Best of Show.
  • Pastel Society of El Paso, First Place.
  • “Images of Italy,” one woman show at Hal Marcus Gallery.


  • Lady of Guadalupe Show, First Place in Craft Div. La Galeria de la Senecu.
  • Sierra Providence EPAA Arts International, Guaranteed Purchase Award.
  • “Diversity in Realism,” joint show with Sandy Lenderman, People’s Gallery, City Hall.
  • Artist in residence for the Southwest Showcase at Austin, TX for the El Paso Convention and Visitors booth.
  • “Downtown Plein Air,” Mexican Revolution Show, and “All you Can Eat,” Hal Marcus Gallery.


  • EPAA Spring Show, Best of Show Award.
  • El Paso Scene Cover and Arts International Invitation Cover and Guaranteed Purchase Award.