The Short & The Sweet

Mostly a self-taught painter, but a natural born creative.  No “grandmother was an artist" story for me. In fact, I never knew any of my grandparents. Sad, I know. I don’t think they were artists though. My mother was a creative soul. Grand cook, skilled seamstress, an eye for color and detail. Did I inherit my creativity from her? Who knows. What I do know is that I’ve been attracted to color and form from a very early age.

Over educated for what I want to do with my life. Science (animal science) and fine arts (interior architecture & design) degrees. Both studies play a role in my current artistic endeavors.

Left-brain, right-brain highly functioning individual.

Animals are the best. Especially dogs. And horses. And elephants. 

I create art because I simply must do so. To stay sane. To be happy. 

I write because I can’t help myself. The words come and I put them down on paper. 

Life is good in Colorado. Nature is my church and my therapy. I share my life with Finn, the most awesomeness dog ever. 

Oh, and I’m a mom. The boy is grown now and lives two states away, but is, and will forever be, my most important creation. 

Grateful Every Day. Find Your Peace. Live Life Wonderful!

~ am


Ann Marie, you're one of the strongest and most solid people i know. You may not realize it but you naturally lend your strength and support to everyone around you. You're not just a rock, you're a mountain!  -David R.




I don't know how many times to say it but you inspire me Ann Marie.  -Sofia

Thank you for sharing a bit of yourself and reminding us we always have a choice! You inspire me! - Stacey

Wow. You are one wise, wonderful and funny gal. With a never-ending spirit.  -Rhonda

You inspire me Ann! To want to work towards my dream come true. To want that peace of mind that I am so lacking. To want to fill my life with live, life, wonderful! Love you!  ~Linda

I think Ann Marie is a great teacher. You can tell she enjoys teaching people to find and use their creativity! ~Workshop participant