Artist Biography and Statement
As I was growing up, my family valued the outdoors. I had many experiences that were immersive in the natural world. Those kinds of exposure to sights and sounds and the raw beauty of our planet awakened a love of knowing, feeling and observing that feed my soul. I feel a deep appreciation for the value and beauty of all things and want to be able to express those feelings through making art. As I have pursued my career as an artist, I have had the support of my loved ones, for which I am deeply grateful.
I have a BFA from the University of Wisconsin/Milwaukee where I met my husband, Frank. I later got a Master’s degree in Art Education from the University of Illinois, while Frank completed his Master’s in Architecture. It was only natural that we move to Chicago, eventually settling in the Logan Square neighborhood.
I have a deep connection to this community, befriending other residents and artists in the neighborhood. I volunteered as an Advisory Council member for a local park, curated shows in the early days of the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival, served as a member of the board for the Logan Square Chamber of Arts, and acted as the Program Director and Visual Arts Curator for the Hairpin Arts Center. All the while I was making art, renovating our house and raising our two sons.
Like many women artists, there have been times when Art Making had to be on the back burner. I have been a persistent advocate for my adopted son with special needs. My commitment to my art work has never wavered and my latest challenge, that of Breast Cancer Survivor, has only deepened the joy I feel when I can return to the studio.
Gallery Exhibits have been supported by MAC Corporate Underwriter Colony Brands, Inc. and Season Media Underwriter Big Radio, with additional support from Dave and Julie Buchanan, Pete Guenther and Barb Woodriff, Lee and Chris Knuteson, Mike and Norah Sanders, Kevin and Chris Callahan, Jane Paradowski, Deb Thompson, Chuck and Chris Wellington, and Don Amphlett and Jan Johnson.