Artist Statement

I was raised in Midwestern farm country near the banks of the Mississippi River and spent most of my childhood exploring the creeks, hills, fields, and forests surrounding our family farm. The inspiration for my work is the indelible memory of the land and the forces that shaped it, both human and natural. 

The paintings are abstract interpretations derived from an aerial or scenic perspective of land formations....the farms, the fields, the different times of the year. The work attempts to capture the reflective quality of light moving over water in contrast to the static nature of land forms. The landscape image is reduced to subtle color fields defined by heavily etched lines. The Aftermath series explores the visual impact of ravaged landscapes after severe storm devastation.

School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL.
B.S. Art Education, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL.
A.A. Monticello College, Godfrey, IL.

Art Education Experience:
Lincolnwood School District #74, Lincolnwood, IL.
Near North Montessori School, Chicago, IL.
Bountiful School District, Bountiful, UT.
Metropolitan Educational Center for the Arts, St. Louis, MO.

Solo Exhibition:
View From Above, Downers Grove,IL.
 Oak Brook Public Library, Oak Brook, IL.
 Aerialscapes, Lincolnwood, IL.   
 Fields, Creeks, and Forests, Skokie, IL.

Group Exhibitions:
 Gallery 25N, "Abstract 2017", online
 Contemporary Art Gallery Online, " All Weather of the Seasons"
 Gallery 25N, "Shades of Green", online 
 Elevating Nature, Oak Park, IL.
 Home:, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL
 McGarry Bowen, Chicago, IL.
 Seeds of Expression, Lincolnwood, IL.
 National Weather Channel Biennale, Norman, OK
 Faber Birren 32nd Color Show, Stamford, CN.
 Evanston + Vinicity Biennial, Evanston, IL.
 Member Show, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL.
 Think Big, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL.
 Faculty Show, Weber State College, Ogden, UT.
 Evansville Art Museum, Evansville, IN.
 Sheldon-Swope Gallery, Terre Haute, IN.

School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

Evansville Art Museum, Evansville, IN.
Sheldon-Swope Gallery, Terre Haute, IN.

The National Weather Center Biennale, 2013