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Artist Statement

I am a daughter, sister, wife, mom, grandma (Mimi!), but I wasn’t fully ME until I became an artist. When I hold a paintbrush in my hand, I have a true, quiet joy in my heart.  It’s a feeling akin to meditation; comfort, peace, confidence in my place in the world and wonder at the beauty in it.

I was born and raised in Dubuque, IA.   I worked as a mail carrier for 33 years and retired in 2013.  After taking painting lessons at our local art museum, I was hooked!  I have used many resources over the years to learn and hone my skills. I now hope to expand my presence online.  My work is hanging in our artist’s co-op called The Collective in Elkader,IA.  I have also sold paintings through local shows and at our yearly “Bluff Strokes Paint Out”.  I am a member of PPODs (Plein Air Painters Of Dubuque), spending many hours painting outdoors, on site. I also belong to Iowa Artists, Oil Painters Of America, American Women Artists. National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society, Missouri Valley Impressionist Society and American Impressionists Society.

I have had my work hanging at: Carnegie Stout Public Library, Adler Theater, Weyland Gallery, Bisignana Art Gallery, Galena Center For The Arts, Art Domestique Gallery, Sanford Museum (solo show), Smokestack Art Gallery, and am part of Iowa Artists Traveling Art Show.


2021 Published Painting in Artist Magazine

2021 Iowa Artists’ 50th Anniversary competition – Second Place

2021 Iowa Artists’ Region 8 Show – Second Place + two Honorable Mentions

2021 API Curator’s Juried Competition – Third Place

2021 NOAPS Associates Online Exhibition

2020 Art Domestique Small Works Show – First Place

2020 September Boldbrush Contest – Fav 15

2016 Bluff Strokes Paint Out Quick Paint- Third place

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.

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