BIO: I am both a painter and sculptor and my art is defined by my personal experience of the natural world. My most recent work is several series about the complicated relationship of people with water and the environment in which they live. From my earliest memories of walks through field and wood with my father, I have been awed by nature’s creations. As I look around I see lyrical rhythms that are repeated over and over. In my work I am interested in expressing the connectiveness of all things: flora and fauna, agrarian and architectural, and human and nature. It is not by coincidence that one of the mediums in which I have chosen to sculpt is terracotta, a natural material made of the earth itself. I work in a multitude of media including watercolor, acrylic, oils, resin, terra cotta and bronze. In my art I wish to illuminate nature’s cycle of life, to show the living earth as both a source and site for all existence, and a direct connection between people and the place they inhabit.
My work is in private, public and corporate collections, and includes portraits and site-specific art. I have exhibited in various galleries in the United States and in numerous juried group and solo exhibitions. I bring a heritage of farm and prairie to my art, working both from my studio in Highland Park, IL, and my farm in Lake County, IL. I have taught figure sculpture at the Art Center of Highland Park, IL and Stirling Art Center, Lake Forest, IL. I also hold classes and workshops in my Highland Park studio and am a member of The Artists at 3150 and the Illinois Watercolor Society. I have received, among other awards, "Woman Artist of the Year” for my paintings inspired by the Liberty Prairie Reserve, in Lake County, Illinois and the 9th Annual Art in Agriculture Sculpture award in Oregon, IL. I continue my series of paintings and sculptures based on the agrarian roots of the Midwest and my interest in conservation and nature.