My first, tangible validation for making art was when I was 3 years old. I loved watching Romper Room with the hostess Miss Lois. At the end of the show she always looked through her “magic mirror” at her viewers and asked them to send in drawings of specific things. I loved doing this! My older sisters would help me mail the drawings and Miss Lois would send me postcards of her on the set of Romper Room. I still have these images today. This experience got me making making art and I never stopped. As an undergraduate at the University of Illinois, I studied Art History with a career in Museology in mind – then I took a painting class. The result was a double major and subsequent graduate work at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. I’ve been a professional artist for over 30 years and still find new things to learn. I live and work in Kalamazoo, MI with my husband, son, and our border collie, Lucky.
"Ghosting 1;" Pigmented beeswax and mixed media on panel; 12 1/4" x 12 1/4"; 2017
"Ghosting;" Pigmented beeswax and mixed media on panel; 8 panels – each panel 12 1/4" x 12 1/4"; 2017
FEATURED WORK : In the last year, some interesting things have been going on in my studio. The pieces are larger and explore pattern, dimension and color. You can see my new work in "Chroma Terra" at Addington Gallery, 704 N. Wells St., Chicago Illinois. This show opens January 11 with a reception from 5:00 - 8:00 pm. I hope to see you there. Gallery hours are 11:00 am - 6:00 pm Tuesday - Saturday.
GROUP EXHIBITION: "The Sum of the Parts," a FUSEDChicago exhibition at the Oesterle Library Gallery at North Central College in Naperville. Illinois. The show runs from January 3 - March 3.
RECENT EXHIBITION: October 30 - December 8 my work was in the solo exhibition "Together" in the Richmond Center for Visual Arts Netzorg-Kerr Gallery at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo Michigan.
PRESENTATION: On November 7th, I'll be talked about my work at the Richmond Center for Visual Arts on Western Michigan University's main campus.
RECENT EXHIBITION: Two of my paintings were in the group show "FUSEDChicago" at the Union Street Gallery in Chicago Heights Illinois.
RECENT EXHIBITION: In September one of my new paintings was at the South Haven Center for the Arts FUSEDChicago exhibition "Contemporary Ancients" in South Haven, Michigan. This old Carnegie library was a great venue to show the diverse encaustic work represented in this group.
RECENT EXHIBITION: I also had work in the "8th Annual Encaustic Exhibition" at Morpho Gallery in Chicago, Illinois in August - September.
Addington Gallery; 704 N. Wells St.; Chicago Illinois 60654; 312.664.3406; Open 11 - 6 Tuesday through Saturday., and by appointment. If you're in Chicago, stop in and see my latest work.
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As an artist, I enjoy working in downtown Kalamazoo. Come and see my paintings and other artwork. My studio is open by appointment and for some of the local Art Hops (5:00 - 9:00 the first Friday of the month)
326 W. Kalamazoo Ave., Suite 206, Kalamazoo, MI 49007, US