Since early childhood, Whitehurst has illustrated stories from the past. She carries this interest in ancient myth and lore into her present work. Nature and animals also are her sources of inspiration.
Whitehurst grew up in Colorado where she enjoyed the beauty of the Rockies and the lure of nature. Her formal education was in commercial art. She enjoyed a successful career in advertising design but knew her interest was in the greater expression of fine art.
For more than a decade, she has worked in fine art creating custom works of art for hotels, casinos, and private collections around the country. She currently works from her studio in Phoenix, Arizona.