In my paintings, my aim is to capture the beauty of the Kansas landscape and the American West and Southwest, paying special attention to light, from the rich, golden light late on a summer evening to the high, intense light of midday. Future artistic endeavors will include paintings from trips in 2004 and 2007 with my husband to Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, and the Serbian Republic, as well as painting from a July, 2009 trip to Switzerland. Several trips to the American Northwest have given me a whole new realm of subject matter, not to mention a new, more muted color palette. Reducing the sheer grandeur and scale of The Columbia River Gorge, Mt. St. Helens Volcano, and Mt. Rainier to a flat canvas are a challenge in themselves.
A professional goal of mine is to take painting workshops in Taos, Santa Fe and elsewhere to expand my techniques and horizons, while interacting with other artists and learning from professional instructors.
1987-1990 Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas, Fine Art and Anthropology
2009 Paint America Mini Top50, Acrylic Painting, Edge of a Kansas Meadow, Kansas 2009 Paint America Second Mini50, Oil Painting, Canyon Light, New Mexico 2009 Paint America Second 100, Oil Painting, September Evening, New Mexico 2009 Jackson Co. Fair, Grand Champion, Acrylic Painting, Idle In Venice 2009 Jackson Co. Fair, First Place, Oil Painting 2008 Topeka Art Guild, Kansans Paint Kansas Show, Honorable Mention, Oil Painting 2008 Paint the Parks Second100, Oil Painting, Square Tower Ruins, Utah 2008 Topeka a Art Guild, Third Place, Tribute to Music and Musicians Show, Oil Painting 2006 Barbara Pierce Award, (Fifth Place) Kansas State Fair, Acrylic Painting 2005 Topeka Art Guild, Kansans Paint Kansas Show, Honorable Mention, Acrylic Painting 2004 Topeka Art Guild, Kansans Paint Kansas Show, Honorable Mention, Acrylic Painting 2004 Mace John Award, (Sixth Place) Kansas State