Background info - Education: UWM Milwaukee; UNM Albuequerque (BFA degree); UW Whitewater WI state teaching certification (pre K - 12 art specialist). Received the Herb Kohl Fellowship Award for Teaching. Current president of Geneva Lake Arts Foundation Inc. ( a 501c3 not for profit)and I am a frequent exhibitor at their Gallery 223. I have worked in many 2-D and 3-D mediums which include metal, ceramics,printmaking, painting and drawing. My inspiration comes from nature and the human environment.My inspiration from nature happened because I live surrounded by woods and wildlife. In my art I am always concerned about the use of space and focus on the negative space that is created in the composition. My passion for drawing is often reflected in my other work. Upon retirement from teaching I was fortunate to illustrate two children's books, and I am currently working on a third book by Marilyn Ellman. In my artwork, I focus on the details of the subject which I often photograph to use for future reference.I am also passionate about bringing the arts to my students and to the community.
I take artistic inspiration from nature – sometimes a careful study, sometimes an interpretation. I have long employed watercolors but more recently have been exploring the exciting world of mixed media and collage to create in my work a more peaceful world than the one we find ourselves in.
I have always loved animals, beautiful things, and art in any form. I draw on my life expectancies for motivation: teaching, married with three sons, riding to hounds, and traveling abroad. I will use whatever medium I think best suits the subject: oil, watercolor, or pastel. With beauty all around, I never run out of ideas for another painting.