"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."
~ Pablo Picasso
Background: I grew up on a 40 acre ranch that bordered 200 acres of pure wilderness, surrounded by God's creatures and nature.
Ethnicity: Norwegian American, I am third generation born in America (and so is my husband, his family is Norwegian American as well, what are the chances, LOL!), my great grand father was Odin Helgeson (son of Thor Helgeson), born in Telemark, Norway, and immigrated here with his family as a young boy, he later married my great grand mother Oleana Olson, born near Oslo, Norway, who also immigrated here with her family as a young girl.
Born: Seattle, WA in 1977
Jeb loves to strike a pose in front of the "new" couch, I think he believes we got it as a back drop for him. Jeb is living out his retirement as a spoiled house dog.
Furkids (and not so furry ones): 7 dogs: The Shelties: Jeb, Falisha, Kiara, KJ, Foxfire, Ava, Megan, Lana, a siberian husky puppy: Cheyenne; 1 siamese tortie point cat: M.J.; and numerous plecostomuses, raphaels, sharks, sun catfish, rosy barbs, a south american dragon fish, and a puffer fish; I used to raise and show Nubian dairy goats (I had them for ten years), and also rabbits (californians and minirex), and had a couple of horses along the way too (a pure polish racing bloodlines arabian, wow what a horse! and a pure black quarter horse), my old room mate had ferrets (we are still great friends). I have always taken every opportunity to study and research as many breeds/colors/varieties and types of animals as I possibly can :)
Favorites: Music: Depeche Mode & techno/trance, and a little of everything including jazz, blues, & big band music; Movies: Monty Python & the Holy Grail, Arsenic & Old Lace, Ice Age, The old Pink Panther Movies, Interview with the Vampyre, The Sixth Sense, Best In Show, Napoleon Dynamite, and I love old black and white movies especially for the superb acting! I can't stand most musicals though (especially animated ones, ahhhh!!!), LOL, far too much singing and dancing, I must have had a bad experience as a child, ROFL! Though I do love ballets;
TV Shows: The X-Files, Nightstalker, Dark Angel, Supernatural, Smallville, House, Jake 2.0, and The Dresden Files, pretty much if it's been canceled, I probably loved it (example: Nightstalker, and again later: Nightstalker);
Food: Pizza and anything Italian; Colors: black and silver, which is why I paint in such bold vivid colors, somehow it makes sense.
Interests: My husband Shelby and my girls Jasmine & Shaylee, and my son Tristan and another son on the way (due out April 3rd!), My Art career; Grooming, showing and training my dogs; cyber dogs (a computer game I run); and I also do some local acting (theatre has always been my second love next to art), I was the principle character in a Montana anti-gambling PSA (Summer 2004), and I was an extra in a Chuck Norris film (The Cutter, 2006, watch the funeral scene, my hair is famous! ROFL!!).
Influences: my unconventional home schooling education, gave me more time to develop my own unique style at an early age . My extremely supportive parents allowed me to explore my love of art and encouraged me to pursue a career in the arts.
Recent accomplishments include: Selling my art to a Gallery and various pet boutiques and spas, Creating a large painting for the Grateful Dog in The Villages, Florida, and painting a giant wall mural for the Market Street Market in Spokane, WA (on Market Street of course, if you are ever in town, check it out!), and a showing at the Out of Our Minds Gallery in Down Town Spokane, WA.
My award winning art has been featured on 2 WA State Dairy Goat Council Newsletters, the Deer Park Fair Premium Book Cover, Advertising Posters & Programs for Boise Little Theater, etc. My originals and prints are quickly becoming popular around the globe.
Recent Awards: Judge's Choice, People's Choice, Best of Category Professional Division, Best in Show.
My gallery and Studio Stage Dragon are located in Mead, WA