I was born in southeast Nebraska and raised on family farms that were homesteaded in the 1860s. Our household was filled with both the Czech and English languages, a love of humor, words and stories, food and music. My family loved the land and shared with us their joy of traveling "out West" whenever possible. My love of the Rocky Mountain West grew from these highly anticipated trips to Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico and beyond.
I earned my B.F. A. in printmaking and painting from the University of Nebraska Lincoln and my M.S. in Library and Information Science from Columbia University in New York, NY. I worked as an academic librarian for many years while painting and exhibiting and am now painting full-time.
My work reflects the experience of travel throughout the American West: driving the long road that stretches to the horizon and beyond, the expansive vistas, meals by the roadside, small towns, distant lights that grow near and disappear, the wide open quiet in the long light of dusk in a country that is never lonely, but instead beautiful and full. My work is about the West as it is in our life time with all its transcendent beauty, jarring intrusions and apparent contradictions.