Love and respect for my neighbors, my community, my world is the center of my being. I listen and watch for inspiration that can come from a visual story unfolding before me to the beauty of light on a flower, a cloud, a reflection in water. My mission is to bring you into my experience and to feel the relationships and ideas that are important to me. I work to convey the essence of the object, scene, figure, story or idea. Inspiration is fluid, not static, constantly developing in my thought and may present itself in a variety of styles as well as mediums.
Currently, I work in oils, charcoal, graphite and pastel. I love the flexibility that oils provide and through drawing I explore composition, values, and color relationships.
I came into fine art through other creative avenues. For many years I was a textile artist, weaving, knitting, and sewing. Also, my interest in different cultures and their contributions in fine art and crafts was forged while working with adult literacy and immigrant populations. I learn from and respect all artists.
In 2006 while living in Boston, MA, I took a drawing class which led to classes at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA. After moving to Kansas City, I completed the Kansas City Art Institute’s Certificate Program, and continue my education via workshops with nationally recognized and local artists—Hugh O’Neill, Stanka Kordic, Dennis Perrin, Mark Shasha, Greg Summers, Christopher Lowrance, Melanie Nolker, Alice Broughton, and Holly Schenk. Currently, I am a student of David Leffel and Sherrie McGraw through Bright Light Fine Art. In addition, I frequently attend in-person life drawing sessions at Buena Vista Studio in Roeland Park, KS. Exhibition history includes Buttonwood Art Gallery, KCAC Art For All and KCAC Art Auction, MVIS at Albrecht Kemper Museum, Perennial Gallery, Roeland Park City Hall Gallery, and Marco Polo. I am a member of the Missouri Valley Impressionist Society (MVIS), the Kansas City Artists Coalition, and InterUrban ArtHouse.
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