About the Artist
I grew up on Pine Creek Ranch, 20 miles south of Rushville, NE. My grandma Celia Sandoz-Ostrander-Barth owned the ranch and my family of 9 lived and worked there. We did all our work horseback and my sisters and I cared for the cattle and put up the hay until we all eventually left for college.
I began drawing as soon as I could hold a pencil. One of my sisters gave me a basic book "How to Draw Horses" and an "art pencil". I spent every day drawing horses. I carried my sketch pad everywhere to show anyone I could.
The beginning of my career occurred when I was 9. My dad met a bus driver who seemed interested when Dad told him about me. I sent a sketch the next time my dad took the bus. The driver gave Dad a dollar to bring back to me as a thank you. For the first time in my life I realized I might be able to sell my work.
I attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha and obtained a degree in IT Innovation. I paid for college with scholarships, tutoring, selling my art, and working several jobs and internships over the years. I worked for Complete Nutrition as their software engineer for 2 years. Currently I am a contract Software Engineer in the .NET stack, an artist, and a ranch wife.
I draw, sketch, sculpt, ink, program, sew, craft, and cook just about everything. My favorite medium is charcoal, but I do everything from leather purses to data driven .NET websites. Contact me with any questions about custom work.