Artist Statement I paint large-scale, moody, abstract acrylic paintings on stretched canvas. I paint layers upon layers of colors exploring tools to make marks and texture and alternating colors to create depth and visual interest. I like to think outside the box and use unconventional tools to paint with. I am not one to follow the rules. Play, exploration and color are my inspiration and nature is my muse. I love the shifting waters of lakes and oceans and the depth and mystery of trees and woods.
At the age of 56, my friend, Jan, invited me to her yoga class, then reconsidered and asked me to join her art class, instructed by artist Cecelia Blenker. I had not painted since kindergarten, but the minute I picked up a paintbrush I was hooked! Of course, for the first year, I was the worst student and my paintings were absolutely horrific. But, Cecelia never gave up on me! I do have to admit I was obsessed! It got to the point where I was painting every spare moment I had. I set up shop in my bathroom at home. Then moved into the dining room, covering the furniture in plastic and the walls and floors in tarps. Eventually, my friend Jan and I rented a quirky studio in the basement of the Spring’s Gallery and Studios in Waukesha, WI right on the Fox River. The windows didn't open and there was no heat or air conditioning. The mice loved to walk over paintings drying on floor, but it was such fun being around other artists and painting up a storm. Two years ago I had to give up one basement studio for another. I had to move my studio home so I could be close by to take care of my dad, Joe, who has dementia. My career was teaching piano and playing as a professional pianist for many years. My days are now filled with the challenges of being a caregiver but I find time to sneak down to the basement to paint. It preserves my sanity!
2019 Into the Forest, solo show, Inspiration Studios and Gallery, West Allis, WI
2019 Cedarburg Cultural Center Members Show, Cedarburg, WI
2019 Garden of Color & A Walk in the Woods, collaborative show with artist Cecelia Blenker, Boerner Botanical Gardens, Milwaukee, WI
2018 Featured Member Show, Walkers Point Center for the Arts, Milwaukee, WI
2018 Solo Show, Boerner Botanical Gardens, Garden House, Milwaukee, WI
2017 Members Show, Walkers Point Center for the Arts, Milwaukee, WI
Creative Arts Oasis @Fischer Creative Arts Center 223 Maple Ave Waukesha, WI 53186