“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 took my brothers and I on a road trip 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 40 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 designing/developing websites. During those early 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, both regular and water soluble; and joined the plein air group Plein Air Washington Artists to connect with other artists who are also in love with nature.
Savage Nursery Gift Shop – Kingston, WA (Small framed paintings)
Plein Air Washington Artists (Membership Chairman; Webmaster, 2018-current)
2020/21 – PAWA Winter Show
2019 – Ravenna House “Landscapes” Seattle, WA
2019 – University House “Plein Air and Landscape Scenes” Issaquah, WA
2018 –Break Room Gallery “August Art Show” Seattle, WA
Water/Seascapes. First Place. Contemporary Art Gallery Online. 2017.