“When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else…” - Georgia O’Keeffe
This statement is a beautiful and elegant explanation of what I do and why. When I study a subject in detail, my observations become part of me, a memory I can recall again and again. I paint shared human experiences: faces, figures, and the natural world. I love studying fleeting moments like the sun burning through frost in winter or crows circling a summer field. Life experiences are unique, no two winter scenes or summer fields are the same. I work in watercolor, ink, oils and dry media sometimes applying different media in a single work. By combining media, I can add depth to the work.
I earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, summa cum laude, in Illustration from Northern Illinois University.
I began painting at an early age, first exhibiting my work at age 14.
Exhibitions: Ars Nova, Northern Illinois University; DeKalb Public Library, DeKalb, Illinois; Sycamore Public Library, Sycamore, Illinois; The Next Picture Show, Dixon, Illinois; The Art Box, DeKalb, Illinois
Memberships: Illinoios Watercolor Society; KishwaukeeValleyArt League
“Arabesque”, August 26 – October 6, 2016. THE ART BOX, 308 East Lincoln Highway, DeKalb, Illinois. “Light Show”, a black and white photographic series examining light waves as the flow over objects of different densities.
“Good Things / Small Packages”, November 14 – December 31, 2016. THE ART BOX,308 East Lincoln Highway, DeKalb, Illinois. Group exhibition of dekalbgallery artists. Featuring “Desert Landscape, New Mexico” triptych.