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.
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 Chang 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.
• Juried into the David Brower Center Art Gallery show “Natural Harmony, March, 2018
• 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, 2015 and 2018 juried Exhibitions, Pleasanton, CA
• Theatre Art Gallery, juried Exhibition, Danville, CA, 2013, 2018
• Yosemite Renaissance, juried mixed-artist Exhibition, Yosemite National Park, CA, 2012
• Midwest National Abstract juried Art Exhibition VIII, Indianapolis, IN, 2012
• Juried into special online exhibition by Still Point Gallery looking at artists’ view of the Four Freedoms Redefined
• Juried into “Our Bond with Nature exhibition online at Healting Power of Art and Artists, October, 2018
• 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
• Exhibiting artist at Eclection Gallery, 1525 Webster Street, Oakland, CA: June 1-August 31, 2018
• Work currently represented by The Rumjahn Gallery, 310 Main Street, Evansville, IN 47708
• Juried into local Gallery shows: Village Theatre Gallery, Harrington Gallery, etc.
• Member juried exhibitions with Lamorinda Arts Alliance, Contra Costa County, CA
Media and Publications
• Selected to have a painting in the special edition of Still Point Arts Quarterly asking artists to re-interpret the Four Freedoms, September, 2018
• 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, 2012-2018 (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
• 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.
International Society of Acrylic Painters
International Society of Experimental Painters
Berkeley Art Center
Lamorinda Arts Alliance