It is my pleasure to tell you about myself and my paintings. I have always loved art and nature and the simple things in life. Early on I learned to work with many different kinds of media; pencil, colored pencil, pen and ink, watercolor, acrylic and finally my favorite, oil paint. I attended Michigan State University and received a BS in Interior Design and studied fine arts at the university level but it wasn’t until after my 3rd child was born that I decided to take up a brush and learn to paint. I learned oil painting using a limited palette and still use that technique. I also enjoy painting in acrylic. It has taken me longer to be happy with my acrylic technique but I continue to improve. Although I feel like I have made great accomplishments in painting I still know I have a lot to learn and enjoy the challenge of every new painting.
My grandmother was a painter and I always admired the work she did and the fact that she had her own ‘studio’. I regret that I never took the chance to learn to paint before she died. I did, however, inherit her paint box and after moving it from place to place over time I opened it about 20 years after she last used it and was still able to use some of her oil pigments. She is my inspiration and I know her talent was passed on to me. I feel blessed that God has given me this talent and I like to share it with others. For this reason, when I first began to paint I saw my paintings as a gift that I wanted to give others and that is what I did with most of them. I also have had my work in Evergreen Gallery and Art & Soul Gallery, both in Traverse City, MI.
Realism is the first style I used when I started painting. I was most inspired by the "Old Masters" and truly admire their talent. I also love the Impressionist style and continue to try to learn that technique.
Whatever the reason you have come to my website I would like to welcome you. I always find inspiration in other artists work and appreciate the different forms of art that are available today. If you are a collector, thank you for considering my art. You are what pushes me on and what encourages me to refine my skill.