I have been painting in oils for over twenty years. A formally trained artist, I received my Bachelor of fine Arts Degree from the University of New Hampshire in 2002. Soon after I opened an art gallery, Three Graces in downtown Portsmouth, NH, which I owned and operated for ten years. Since the birth of my daughter in 2017, my work has focused on animals doing human things, specifically the things I love including but not limited to, and in no particular order: baking, flowers, music, nature, travel, books, chocolate, candlelight, teatime, gazing at the stars and moon, my hankie. In the past 3 1/2 years, I have created over 300 paintings, mostly while my little one sleeps. I call the series 'Joie de Vivre', the french term used to describe the exuberant enjoyment of life. I am represented by two wonderful galleries, have participated in many regional arts fairs, and have published my first book, 'R is for Rainbow" (June 2021).