I paint with acrylics applied to stretched canvas. My abstract themes focus on small events within daily living, reverence for intimate and personal settings, a concern for the environment and an appreciation of our stunning west coast. My current “in progress” series, Strange Weather, calls attention to extremes in our weather and asks why this is happening.
My figurative work leans towards the abstract as well. In it I focus on ordinary, yet extraordinary women, to honor them–their strength, vulnerability and sensitivity.
My work engages the viewer, via a loose application of paint, boldness of color and line and an energetic presentation of shapes.
I hold a bachelor’s degree in marketing and economics from Central Michigan University and have studied in the fine arts programs at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Cabrillo College in Aptos, California. I am a signature member of the International Society of Acrylic Painters (ISAP) and have been a frequent participant in Open Studios, an annual, juried event sponsored by the Cultural Council of Santa Cruz, as well as numerous local exhibitions, including the R. Blitzer Gallery, Santa Cruz Art League, Scotts Valley Library, ISAP, Palo Alto Art League, and Studios on the Park in Paso Robles.
Although originally from the Midwest, I reside in the beautiful central California coast area and have a studio in Santa Cruz. Whenever your travels take you to our spectacular area, be sure to check the activities at the 17th Avenue Studios. I welcome the chance to provide you a personal tour of my studio.