My roots run deep in the Midwest, Wisconsin has been my home for most of my life. I grew up in a large family where my grandmother taught me to quilt and my mother taught me to sew. I was surrounded by hardworking, talented, creative people. My great grandfather was the town photographer. One of my uncles, loved photography too. Still many more cousins and other family, many loved to sing and play instruments.
When I was growing up, I looked at magazines for inspiration and would sketch on any paper I could find. I took all the art classes my high school offered and continued in college. Along the way, life took me in another direction. The creative life I loved was set aside to raise a family.
Years later, I became interested in photography and eventually would donate images for fundraisers. One of those images was donated for a silent auction. The winner of the print was the executive director of a local gallery. Later, she would invite me to exhibit my photographs in the gallery. The exhibit was well attended, I remember standing in the middle room, with people all around, and feeling an overwhelming sense that I should be painting. It seemed so random but somehow I knew it was the next right step.
The next day, I bought a few painting supplies and my creative journey of daily art practice began.
I was 49 years old.
My greatest inspiration are the wildflowers and gardens found in the Midwest landscape. Vivid color combinations, bold brushstrokes, and rich texture best describe my art aesthetic. No matter the subject, I love creating emotion for the viewer. For me, art is personal, emotional and a reflection of my own experiences. Each painting speaks to a different story. I paint to remember my life.
A portion of my sales go to Pediatric cancer research and awareness.
Vivid color combinations, bold brush strokes and rich texture, best describe my art aesthetic. No matter the subject, my focus is creating emotion for the viewer.
The Midwest landscape is a never-ending source of inspiration. Using a variety of mediums, I add color and texture to the canvas. Layer upon layer, allowing intuition to guide me as I apply washes of acrylic or other water soluble paint, to achieve a bit of an abstract look. At times, using my own photographs as another source of inspiration, while exaggerating the colors and dimensions of the subject.