The outdoors and the natural world have always been a passion for me. Some of my earliest memories are of the times that I spent growing up outdoors. I am truly blessed to be born and raised in the farm country of western PA. Along with my love of nature, I also developed a love of art. Attending college in Bozeman, MT, allowed me pursue my love of natural art. While pursuing my BFA, on the weekend and after school, I would pursue my other passions of fly fishing, hiking, and snowboarding. The love of my life, my husband, introduced me to the Madison River for our first date. Although, I don’t think that the fish were biting well that day, I knew I had a great catch. Several years and many fly fishing trips later, I got engaged on that same trout stream in Montana.
I begin to shift my focus towards art of the piscine variety after countless amazing and beautiful fly fishing trips. I am fortunate to have fished and traveled through many pristine parts of our great country, and I do enjoy painting and studying various species of fish that I catch and read about. However, trout were my starting point, and the many species and colorations provide an almost endless supply of changing colors and patterns.
I have been involved with the fly fishing community for about twenty years. My first art commission was in 2002 when was contracted to paint the sign for Fins & Feathers’ “On the Fly” location in Four Corners, Montana. It was a
pleasure to work for the owner, Toby Swank, who was Orvis’ “Outfitter of the Year” in 2006. It has been a unique experience to see the fly fishing industry grow and evolve over the years. I must admit that, at first, it was a little intimidating enjoying a sport that was primarily composed of men. It has been great to see more and more women enjoying this amazing sport and community. The fly fishing industry is very dynamic and the members clearly care about one another. Last year was the first time that I was finally able to get my first pair of waders that were specifically designed for women. It is thrilling to help others find the joy of fly fishing and to be able to help them bring that beauty, and those memories, into their homes.