Like many artists, I always enjoyed art. As young as 10, I submitted drawings to competitions listed in the Sunday Paper. I never won.
So it's no surprise that my father denied my entrance to college with an art degree. Instead, I majored in occupational therapy-and learned to love the art of anatomical sketches and drawings. I practiced therapy all over the country, treating patients with brain injuries, burns, finger replants, amputations, spinal cord injuries, war injuries, and even premature infants.
In 1991 I married, had five kids, and homeschooled them for six years each. I read them so many beautifully illustrated children's books that it re-awakened my love of art, and in 2004, I took my first watercolor class, and began my studies with local Master Artist Sharon Griffis-Tarr. I was painting and drawing every day.
In 2013, I ventured into oils. The rapid progress of drama on canvas amazes me.
In 2016, I began work in encaustic painting, blending oil pigment with beeswax, painted on my photographs, and stained.
I have found great joy in capturing the essence of a person in a portrait, memorializing treasured moments on canvas, and finding beauty in cityscapes, and shadows.
1214 Turner St, Old Town, MI
Exhibitions & Festivals
Corridor Gallery (Holt, MI)
Grove Street Gallery
Clio Art Fair
Pentwater Art On the Water
East Lansing Public Library
East Lansing Hannah Center
Flint Institute of Art First Frost
Wet Paint Day Sponsored by FIA
Eggleston Gallery (Bath, MI)
Ann Arbor State Street Fair
Olds Gallery (REO Town, Lansing)
Arts Council of Greater Lansing