About The Artist
I am a native of Las Vegas, Nevada, rare but true. For the first part of my life I focused on the left side of my brain. I became a CPA and received a MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. However, I was restless behind a desk so I became group fitness instructor and a personal trainer and ultimately purchased my own Women’s Health Club. In my spare time I earned my commercial helicopter pilot’s license. But I was still missing my creative side. My mother is an artist and I was exposed to a variety of art growing up. My favorite art form, stained glass, became my passion, where my love of animals and underwater photography assists me in designing vibrant, original glass works of art.
My work has been shown at the Gary’s Island Home Store at Fashion Island in Newport Beach, CA, The Lake Las Vegas Montelago Village Fine Art Festival, The Trails Village Center Artwalk in Summerlin, Eden Home Décor in Sana Barbara, CA, The Gallery of Excellence at the Las Vegas Glass Expo, Art Bark Fest, Animal Art & Wine Festival in Squaw Valley, CA, Gaia – Flower-gift,-Art, Downtown Art District in Las Vegas, NV, the 18th Annual Summerlin Art Festival, Best Friends Animal Society’s No More Homeless Pets Conference 2012 in Las Vegas, NV, Boca Park Fashion Village Art Walk, 2013 and 2014, and Downtown Summerlin Festival of Arts, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 in Las Vegas, NV.
I was the featured artist in the January 2009 Edition of the Summerlin Home News. My article “Pet Portraits Come to Life”, The Vitri-Fusáille Way was published in the Fall 2011 issue of “Glass Craftsman” magazine. In the July/August 2014 issue of Glass Art Magazine, “Poppy Field” , the collaborative article I wrote with Cathy Claycomb was highlighted under the” Independent Artist” category. My article “Designing Your Dream Home Studio” was published by Glass Patterns Quarterly online March 2019. My Exhibit “Bringing Animals and Nature to Life in Stained Glass” was shown at the Summerlin Library Gallery and the Enterprise Library Gallery in Las Vegas, Nevada in the Spring and Fall of 2009. I was a part of the publication of CRAVE Las Vegas, the ultimate guide to women-owned businesses in Las Vegas, as shown below.
I received “First Place” and “People’s Choice” awards for my stained glass panel “Desert Bloom” shown in the Gallery of Excellence at the 2009 International Glass & Bead Expo held in Las Vegas, Nevada. My Vitri-Fusáille Panel of “Holly & Lennon” received” Third Place” in the Gallery of Excellence at the 2011 Glass Craft & Bead Expo held in Las Vegas, Nevada. My collaborative glass art panel with Cathy Claycomb, “Poppy Field”, won “Best of Show” and “People’s Choice” awards in the Gallery of Excellence at the 2013 Glass Craft & Bead Expo held in Las Vegas, Nevada. At the 2104 Glass Craft & Bead show, “That was Then (Age 5)”, This is Now (?)”, my stained/fused glass panel, won “Second Place” and “People’s Choice” awards in the Gallery of Excellence. My “Save Red Rock” stained glass panel received First Place from the judges and People’s Choice awards in the Professional Stained Glass Category in the Gallery of Excellence at the 2018 Glass Expo! So thrilled & honored to receive both awards! In addition, I was chosen to be an Artist-in-residence at the Red Rock Canyon Visitor Center and a life-size photograph on metal of “Save Red Rock” was exhibited as a part of this program from June 30 – July 31, 2018 for public viewing. I received 2nd Place in the Professional Stained Glass Category in the Gallery of Excellence at the 2019 Glass & Bead Expo at the South Point Hotel in Las Vegas Nevada for my Vitri-Fusáille Glass panel of “Plains Zebras”.