Due to the help of an intuitive school art teacher, Mrs. Connelly, when L.J. was 13, she discovered she could draw. After this unearthing, the driving force behind her artistic talent was her mother. She won her first art contest when she was 15, sold her first painting at age 16, and won an art scholarship when she was 18. During her 20’s she did sidewalk shows, hung in local galleries, banks, art fest’s and county shows. She joined 2 local art associations and became active with them. She did numerous portrait commissions of clients, relatives, children, dogs and horses, and entered outside art shows whenever she could. L.J. grew up raising and training horses, and in her 30’s she hung in the Overland Trails Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona. In 1987, she made her S.W.A. signature award, (Society of Western Artists), received recognition in newspaper articles for shows sheentered, hung in museum shows, had a couple of Best of Shows, various ribbon placings, the Grumbacher Art Award and a few People’s Choice awards. She entered a handful of juried classes for the (CA) Cowboy Artists of America, the most notable for me was to study with Howard Terpning CA, at the Cowboy Museum in Kerrville, Texas in the 1990’s. In 1993 L.J. married a renown horseman from Arizona, took her horses and moved to a ranch there, with endless western landscape views in every direction, and that glorious sunlight that pervades the scenery. Lately she has been entering select national western art shows. She joined American Women Artists Society and her status was upgraded to ‘Associate with distinction’ in 2019, and was juried to belong to WAOW, (Women Artists of the West) in September 2019. Hanging the last couple of years at the Phippen Western Art Museum shows in Prescott, Arizona, the Slopoke Western Art shows in Solvang, California, the M.O. Club shows in Tucson, Arizona, and at the Steamboat Art Museum (AWA show) last year. She will be showing at the American Academy of Equine Art in Aiken South Carolina in March 2020, and at the Juried show at Settler’s West Galleries in Tucson, Arizona, (the 50th anniversary of the WAOA artists), which also takes place in March 2020. She is showing at the invitational show for the WAOW in Dubois (Jackson Hole) Wyoming, in June-July 2020. She was accepted to show 2 paintings in November 2020 at the Cowboy Museum and Heritage Center in Oklahoma City, called Small Works, Great Wonders. L.J. and her husband run and operate an equine riding school in south-eastern Arizona. She paints from her studio at the ranch and enjoys teaching when time permits.