~ About Sylvia

I can’t remember a time in my life when I wasn’t singing, or playing an instrument, or creating something with my hands. For the longest time I had a hard time admitting that I am “an artist”, but then I realized that life would be pretty dull without creating something of beauty… this is what I love to do! 


I was raised in the Black Hills of South Dakota and in California, and graduated from San Diego State University with an art degree in graphic communication. My art career began as a calligrapher, then as a graphic artist. My love of calligraphy gave me a foundation for brush control and composition, while my favorite design course was the study of color. During those child-raising years my creativity was released through music, sewing and clothing design, needlework and cooking. When I picked up the tools of the artist again, I decided to pursue what I’ve always longed for… watercolor! I have studied watercolor under many talented master artists in Alaska, Vienna, Seattle and England. And I enjoy passing along what I’m learning through offering watercolor workshops.

My husband and I have spent 27 years of our married life in Alaska, where we have enjoyed living along a mountainside in the majestic Eagle River Valley. This is where we raised our two children. They're grown now, and have given us the "dessert" of life: our two beautiful little grand daughters!

We have enjoyed the privilege of global travel throughout our married life, including China, Europe, the South Pacific, and Africa. Wherever we have gone, we especially like to get to know and understand the people. We lived in Copenhagen for five years, where I appreciated the attention to beauty and detail that has been a part of European tradition for centuries. Now we're in Colorado, where I'm inspired by the beautiful landscapes that surround me. Wherever our travels take us, I love encouraging people (especially other women) to experience freedom... to be all that we are created so magnificently to be, and to learn to rest deeply and enjoy the moment of "today". I am continually inspired through the people I meet.

I am profoundly aware and amazed with the many opportunities and blessings that I have gotten to enjoy in my life. My dad used to say, “I’m blessed to be a blessing”, and that is the way he lived. It’s my greatest desire to carry on that legacy. Or, in the words of Dawna Markova:

"I choose to risk my significance; to live so that which comes to me as seed goes to the next as blossom and that which comes to me as blossom, goes on as fruit."