Artist Bio

I grew up in rural southern Indiana, obtained my Bachelor’s Degree at Southern Illinois University and Master’s from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.  My career was in the field of mental health and Organization Development Consulting.  I now paint full time.  

Art Education

I sculpted alabaster for a number of years until tendonitis required that I stop.  I began taking painting classes at the local high school, then at the Community College nearby.
Four days in 2010 with Maxine Masterfield were most significant and transformative for me.  There I learned how to paint the essence of nature—how it makes me feel.  Two week-long workshops with Katherine Change Liu, in 2011 and 2013, helped me see my painting personality and style, and to make the two congruent.  Seminars with Jeremy Morgan from 2012-2016 have added to my knowledge of art history and the relationship of abstract art and human consciousness.  I constantly learn from reading and Gallery and Art Museum visits.

Selected Exhibitions

•    McGuire Gallery 8 Artist Exhibition, Oakland, CA, 11, 2016-5, 2017
•    Caldecott Gallery Solo Exhibition, Oakland, CA, February, 2016
•    Int’l Society of Acrylic Painters, 17th and 18th Annual Open Juried Exhibitions, 2014-2015
•    Interfaith Trio open call juried Exhibition, Islamic Cultural Center, Oakland, CA 2015
•    Invited artist for Art in the Cathedral Gallery “Sacred Rhythms” Exhibition, Christ Church Cathedral, Lexington, KY, Nov. 2014-Jan. 2015
•    Harrington Gallery, 2012, 2014, and 2015 juried Exhibitions, Pleasanton, CA
•    Theatre Art Gallery, juried Exhibition, Danville, CA, 2013
•    Yosemite Renaissance, juried mixed-artist Exhibition, Yosemite National Park, CA, 2012
•    Midwest National Abstract juried Art Exhibition VIII, Indianapolis, IN, 2012

Online Exhibitions

•    Int’l Society of Acrylic Painters, Annual Signature Member Show Online, 2015, 2016; Online juried show of International Society of Acrylic Painters, 2014
•    Juried artist in Still Point Online Art Gallery several times since 2012
•    Numerous Light Space & Time Online Gallery juried exhibitions since 2014
•    Healing Power of Art and Artists, online; Saatchi online; Premium Artists online; Xanadu Gallery online

Ongoing Representation

•    Work represented by The Rumjahn Gallery, 310 Main Street, Evansville, IN 47708
•    Juried into local Gallery shows, i.e SF Women Artists Gallery, David Brower Center Gallery, McGuire Gallery, etc.
•    Member juried exhibitions with Lamorinda Arts Alliance, Contra Costa County, CA
•    Occasional exhibitor with Expressions Gallery, Berkeley, California

Media and Publications

•    Painting selected for Dede Wilson’s book of poetry, “Under the Music of Blue”
•    Cover and featured Portfolio artist in Still Point Arts Quarterly, Summer, 2016.
•    “Spotlight Artist” in Maxine Masterfield’s newsletter, “Spirit of Experimental Art”,  2015
•    Still Point Arts Quarterly, 2012-2017 (juried into several exhibitions and published in the related Journal)
•    Featured artist in “SF Peace and Hope:  A Literary Journal Devoted to Poetry and Art,” published 2015, 2017
•    A featured artist in “Journeys to Abstraction:  100 More Contemporary Paintings and Their Secrets Revealed”, selected, edited, and published by Sue St. John, 2015
•    Painting selected for the cover of Christine Horner’s book of poetry “A Stranger in the House”, 2014

Awards

•    Merit Award, Harrington Gallery’s “Fresh Works VII” juried exhibition, Pleasanton, CA, May, 2017
•    1st Place Overall winner, January 2017-- “All Women”, Light Space & Time Online Gallery’s Int’l  competition.  Selected from 890 entries representing 32 countries and 41 states.
•    For the Artists by the Artists First Int’l Online Competition--juried as 2nd place winner
•    Ampersand Sponsor Award, Int’l Society of Acrylic Painters Signature Member Online Show, 2015
•    Golden Artist Colors Sponsor Award, Int’l Society of Acrylic Painters juried exhibition, Paso Robles, CA 2015
•    Merit awards in several juried exhibitions at SF Women Artists Gallery.
•    Numerous merit awards in several online juried exhibitions of Light, Space, & Time Gallery.

Affiliations

International Society of Acrylic Painters
International Society of Experimental Painters
San Francisco Women Artists
Berkeley Art Center
Lamorinda Arts Alliance