“The practice of art isn’t to make a living. It’s to make your soul grow.”
Raised on a farm in North Dakota, I spent much of my childhood outdoors. I learned to love the fresh air and freedom of open spaces. When my parents brought my brothers and I to the Pacific Northwest one summer, I was struck by the raw beauty of the forests, mountains, and Puget Sound and knew it was where I wanted to live one day. I have been here for over 37 years.
I am compelled to make art, and my love of and relationship with nature is the foundation of much of the art I create. Everywhere I look is a potential painting. Expressing peacefulness or love or passion by representing the beauty of landscape, animals, and people is what motivates me. I get excited by the process of putting color on a blank surface, the consistency of the paint, the feel of the brush stroke on the canvas, finding harmony between colors, capturing light, and seeing an entire scene come together. My intention is for the passion and excitement I feel while I’m creating that art to be felt by those who view it—and for my art to bring beauty to a life that may not always be beautiful.
I am mostly self-taught and, though I began painting full-time only a few years ago, I have loved art since I was young and I found ways to incorporate it into my busy life as a mom and later as a business owner. During those years, I assisted with art programs in my kids’ school and took classes for watercolor and acrylics. In the last decade, I’ve had more time to devote to growth and exploration of my chosen media and styles. Most recently I transitioned to using oils (water-soluble) to be able to paint en plein air and to develop a looser painting style.
I have just begun to share my art publically, and in a recent art contest I entered, I received a First Place for ‘Beach Blues’ in September 2017.
If you have questions about a painting, want more information or just want to chat, email me!