Carmen grew up in Colorado where her love for art started at an early age. She graduated from Dickinson State University with a B.S. in Art and English Education. As a current studio artist, and part time instructor, Carmen enjoys living in the Black Hills where inspiration to create comes easily. She works with various mediums, but watercolor has always been a favorite. Her art work can be seen in various galleries in the area, and she is a member of the Artists of the Black Hills, Black Hills Art Association, and the Northern Plains Watercolor Society. Her hobbies include fishing, hiking, golfing and gardening. Carmen and her husband have three children and two grandchildren.