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Artist Statement

I am captivated by majestic skies, varying cloud patterns, bold colors, and broad horizon lines.  My paintings interpret nature’s bold elements, and invite the observer into the composition. To me, life is like the ever changing sky.

Education

Sometimes art chooses the artist. I can remember drawing at the age of five. My interest in art continued through high school and it seemed the logical major for higher education. The Chicago Art Institute was my first choice, a university education was my father’s strong suggestion, so we agreed on Bradley University. I graduated with a B.F.A. with a major in printmaking and painting as well as a teaching degree for Art K-12.

After graduation, I worked with Manuel Rodriguez, father of the Printmaking Association, while living in the Philippines. This experience of living in the Philippines and traveling throughout Asia had a profound effect on my printmaking style.

In 1982, I went to Kent State University for an independent study in printmaking. The Kent Art Department was in need of funds and sold a large motorized Sturges etching press to me, and my printmaking business was launched. My focus was primarily collagraph prints, a collage printing process that combined intaglio and relief printing.

I wanted to get more instruction so I attended a Women’s Summer Workshop in Rosendale, New York in 1987. The instructor was Ann Kreske, internationally known for printmaking and book arts.

These experiences prepared me for the years of juried art shows, national and invitational exhibits from 1983 – 1995.

Teaching Experience

The greatest joy I received was the opportunity to teach children. The joy comes from watching the “light bulb” turn on in a child’s eyes as you present your lesson plan. It is then that you know you have their attention and great works are about to be produced.

My first teaching experience was in Watts in Los Angeles.  It was both challenging and one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. It was cut too short by a relocation move to the Philippines.

My second experience was at Old Trail School, an artist’s dream job. The program curriculum led by the able hands of department head, Patty Wyman, was an exciting experience that made me a better artist. The children produced award winning art and it always challenged me to be more innovative with each lesson plan.

I have enjoyed teaching and working with many organizations as a volunteer and as a paid facilitator. Among these organizations are Youth Excellence Performing Arts Workshop (YEPAW), Students With A Goal (SWAG), Let’s Make A Difference (LMAD), and Achieving Connections through Education (ACE).

Juried Shows

Cain Park Art Festival, Cleveland Heights, OH

Boston Mills Art Festival, Peninsula, OH

Greater Columbus Arts Festival, Columbus, OH

Crosby Gardens Festival of the Arts, Toledo, OH

Charlevoix Waterfront Art Fair, Charlevoix, MI

North Michigan Avenue Art Festival, Chicago, IL

East Lansing Art Festival, East Lansing, MI

Summerfair, Cincinnati, OH

Lakewood Arts Festival, Lakewood, OH

Upper Arlington Arts Festival, Upper Arlington, OH

Fine Arts Fair, Peoria, IL

Northern Indiana Art Fair, Munster, IN

Waterside, Louisville, KY

Salt Fork Art Festival, Cambridge, OH

Art-in-the Park, Medina, OH

Art by the Falls, Chagrin Falls, OH

Riverbend, Dayton, OH

Art Expo, Sinclair College, Dayton, OH

National and Regional Juried Exhibits

91st Annual Spring Show, Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA 

NPVAG National Juried Art Show, Scottsbluff, NE

Almond Tea Gallery, “Sky’s the Limit,” Cuyahoga Falls, OH

North Dakota National Juried Exhibit, Minot, ND

AAO National Print & Drawing Exhibit, Buffalo, NY

Works on Paper, Munster, IN

Invitational Exhibits

“Kiss the Sky,” Akron, OH

American Cancer Society Art Sale, Warren, OH

The Artist Woman, University of Akron, Akron, OH

One Woman Show, gallerie d’accord, Bemus Point, NY

Group Show, “Metaphor by Four,” Bay Village, OH

Corporate Collections

Erie Insurance Company

BP Oil