“Once upon a time, when women were birds, there was the simple understanding that to sing at dawn and to sing at dusk was to heal the world through joy. The birds still remember what we have forgotten, that the world is meant to be celebrated.” Terry Tempest Williams, When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voice "To me nothing is more humbling and at the same time more exciting, than approaching a blank canvas." The process of creation challenges and inspires me as an artist: the origin of a new idea, the decision making during the execution, the excitement as the idea is realized on the canvas, and the follow through to the finished piece, sharing my observations of life with others. This cycle that keeps me perpetually at the easel. In recent years, I have focused on developing a body of figurative painting while continuing to add to my oeuvre of avian subjects, particularly birds of the Midwest. I am passionate about the challenges associated with depicting these subjects. My hope is to inspire others to feel the awe and reverence I feel for the diversity and beauty of individuals and the natural world we encounter daily, and to express through my paintings the stories I encounter that might also have meaning to others. Education:
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI - Bachelor of Arts in English Literature 1980California College of the Arts,
Oakland, CA - 1982-1984 - Drawing, IllustrationPalette & Chisel Academy of Fine Art,
Chicago, Illinois - Painting, Life Drawing
Workshops: Rose Frantzen, Nancy Guzik, Clayton Beck and Johanna Harmon Illustration THE NATURE COMPANY, Berkeley, CA 1984-1989 Created artwork reproduced as posters, greeting cards, T-shirts, and even umbrellas for sale nationally in stores and through a mail-order catalog. Subject matter included North America Garden Birds, Hummingbirds, Insects, Raccoons, Owls and Large Cats. “Bird- Feeder” and “Hummingbird” posters set records as company’s “best-selling” poster images. FREELANCE ILLUSTRATOR 1989-1992 Created original full-color watercolor and pencil illustrations for greeting cards, paper products: MARCEL SCHURMAN COMPANY., THE EVERGREEN PRESS, THE NOTE CUBE CO.