Short Bio: My art training came from the American Academy of Art and Northern Illinois University where I completed a BFA in Graphic Design. I worked as a graphic designer in packaging for fifteen years before returning to school and completing a landscape design degree. After another decade as a landscape designer I dedicated myself to creating fine art and more specifically, colored pencil and pastel artwork. I work at my studio in the Chicagoland area as well as in Michigan were I have a summer home.
Working as much as I do in colored pencil, I joined the Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA) and have earned my Signature status. My work includes landscapes, botanical art and abstract art. My most current art can be found on my website or will be mentioned in my blog. I continue taking workshops to learn new techniques and to connect with friends, and I routinely enter exhibits as well as sell in galleries.
Artist Statement: The world and our lives are a mixture of beauty, peace, and chaos and, if we are lucky, contain some semblance of balance. I see my art as a visual and emotional journey graphically illustrating these elements. My best work comprises a metaphorical representation of the uneasiness and joy of daily life constantly influenced by social concerns, political issues, family, great lines from song and literature and moments of beauty from nature.