Biography

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           “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”    – Leonardo da Vinci

           “Simplicity is not a simple thing”    -Charlie Chaplin

 

My paintings celebrate the land and rural life, interpreted in my own way with simplified shapes, abstractions, and unique color. I call my style Modern Americana, but also enjoy painting scenes from trips to far off lands, capturing what defines a place, a home, a dwelling…

I try to keep my work bold, colorful, and unique.

Living in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Texas has made me aware of the rural landscape, and helped me define my subject matter. I appreciate the ideals of simple craft, and hard work.

Creating a simplified composition is a balancing act; my goal is to remove what is not needed, leaving only the few elements that create a harmonious painting.  My background in printmaking has affected my style, in the way that I layer color and create each composition.

I use brushes some of the time, but I really enjoy the bold texture and shapes I get with palette knives.

I believe artists are able to interpret their surroundings and ideas into something new and unique, touching others in the process. A piece may not speak to everyone, but there will be someone out there who is moved and inspired and that is the magic.

I have studied drawing, painting and printmaking; and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Illinois Wesleyan University and a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan.

In 1995, I found a job that combined my love of art history with practical science to help preserve our artistic heritage; I became an assistant art conservator, working on many mural projects and now occasionally I still help out at a top conservation studio in Dallas.

I live in Fort Worth, Texas with my husband Scott, and our little dog, Nora.  We enjoy traveling and learning about other cultures.  Recent trips have included Italy, Spain, Scotland, Australia, Sweden and Japan.

My work is in the collection of BNSF Railway, Hyundai Corporation, Win-Sam, the Samaritan House of Fort Worth, and the Fort Worth Club.

Thank you for visiting my website. Please email me with any questions.