Artist Statement

Painting is my response to and appreciation for what I see around me.  I am attracted to subjects that exemplify the beauty of nature or that have interesting shapes, colors, or contrasts of light and shadow.  I strive to capture the essence of a subject in a painterly way.  As a graphic designer and illustrator I have spent my career designing for others.  Painting gives me the chance to create for myself.  From 2006 I began taking time away from commercial art and renewed my interest in fine arts.  I currently reside in Glenview Illinois and regularly paint both in the studio and on location, traveling to favorite spots in Michigan, California and Hawaii.    

MacBeth and Company, Onekama, MI and Glen Arbor, MI  
Village Galleries, Lahaina, Mauii, Hawaii  
Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI  
Arbor Gallery, Glen Arbor, MI  
Water Street Gallery, Douglas, MI  
Mackinac's Little Gallery, Mackinac Island, MI    

Illustration Credits  
The Saturday Evening Post  
The Covenant Companion  
The "Draw It" series of step-by-step drawing books for children    

BA North Park College, Chicago, IL  
Concentration in drawing and painting  

Recipient of the Senior Art Award  
American Academy of Art, Chicago, IL  
Sedona Art Center, Sedona, AZ  
2006 Plein Air Workshop with Marcia Burtt  
2009 and 2010 Plein Air Workshops with Randall Sexton