Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Ardis began creating art
as a small child.
While earning a BA in Art in 1996 from Mt St Mary’s College in LA,
Ardis studied in Italy and France, greatly influencing her direction
in art. In 2002 she returned to Italy studying at the Charles Cecil
Studios in Florence, learning skills to see the world in a new way
and learning the tools she needed to recreate it.
In 2000 Ardis began teaching and upon returning from Italy in 2004,
she opened classes and workshops in Portland and Columbia Gorge
including the Columbia Center for the Arts, Multnomah Arts Center,
Falcon Art Community, and Fire and Earth Art Studio.
Summer exhibits can be found at the Trout Lake Festival of the Arts
and Maryhill Art Festival, and various galleries and venues in the
Gorge, Portland and Vancouver area. She recently completed the
ceiling and East wall murals for the Mount Adams Zen Buddhist
Temple. She is currently working on a series of large narrative
Ardis, co-owner of Destino, a studio and gallery in Trout Lake,
considers being an artist in the Columbia Gorge an inspiring gift.
Ardis can be found working in her art studio or outdoors, on
location for a client, or teaching others her craft.