In the studio I might be covered in paint or clay, depending on what projects are in the works; or which media felt most important to explore that day! I prefer to work in series, chasing an idea, usually rooted in experiences or observations of life. Ordinary objects and places stir my imagination as metaphor and narrative. Although trained as a realist, I am traversing toward more abstraction in both painting and ceramics. Music also stirs the process, you might experience a variety of sounds if you happen by!
A degree in Drawing and Painting, from a small university in Illinois, 1985, set the foundation for a varied path in the arts including freelance painting, illustration, graphics and Visual Display. A six year detour in Radiography (CT), satisfied a curiosity about the medical field and provided meaningful lessons in compassion. Several years later I fell in love with ceramics, 2002, in a small studio in California. All these experiences excite my creative process.
Raised and educated in the Midwest, and a Seattleite since 1988, I love all the different places I’ve lived and won’t turn down a good road trip to explore more. I raised two fine young men who are exploring their lives too, love them and miss them as mountain biking buddies.
Most days I am in a different studio as a high school art teacher; trying to engage young minds in the creative process in the studio and as part of life. Yes, those ‘aha moments’ are precious! I teach them and they teach me. Some students know my other studio life and are patient when I get seriously excited about art.
When the outdoors call; biking, hiking, kayaking or a good hearty day in the yard is refreshing. I love the hard work and thrill of a good downhill mtn bike trail or sweeping views on a hike. So much to explore here and in the desert regions too; I am always up for an adventure buddy.
I have exhibited in juried exhibitions and shows around the PNW and have work in private collections across the country. I’m grateful to be part of this collective of artists at Fogue Gallery in West Seattle; as a resident for over 20 years, I look forward to building more connections with this community.