When I was little 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. This was my first, tangible validation for making art. 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, 2 border collies and 2 cats.
"Chained;" Pigmented beeswax on panel; 7 13/16" x 7 13/16"; 2017
"Cover Me Again;" Pigmented beeswax and mixed media on panel; 12 panels – each panel 12 1/2" x 12 1/2"; 2015
I presented a talk on "Idea Generation and Development" on June 4, 2017 at the conference in Provincetown, MA. This talk focused on the individual ways different artists develop ideas into executed works of art or bodies of work. It also delved into strategies specific artists use to get past roadblocks in their work and how they place limits on themselves (or don’t) working in the studio.
I participated in the invitational exhibition "Black Tie Optional" at the Peck Gallery at the beginning of June. The gallery's location is 142 Commercial Street; Provincetown, MA 02657. The opening reception was June 2, 2017 from 6:00 - 10:00 pm.
My work is represented in the group exhibition "Encaustic 2017: Rebirth of an Ancient Medium," at the Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago, IL. The exhibition runs from July 21 - September 8, 2017.
I also have a piece in the juried "6th Annual Encaustic Exhibition," at Morpho Gallery in Chicago. The gallery is located at 5216 North Damen, 60625. The opening reception is Friday, August 4th from 6:00 - 10:00 pm.
I received this grant to fund the production of a large, multi-panel mixed media artwork. This work will take me into new areas of mixed technology creative research combining Western and Eastern patterns – using encaustic paint, Indonesian batik tools and shaped panels. This piece will be exhibited in the Annual Frostic School of Art Faculty Exhibition in fall 2017.
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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