I grew up creating art in Appleton, Wisconsin. Graduated from UW Madison with a Bachelor of Science/Art degree. For 19 years I lived in Wausau, Wisconsin, where I raised two children and later started to create and display my artwork. I worked as the Gallery and Gift Shop manager at the CVA and at an artist co-op, Funky Findz and Designs. I was a member of the Wausau Visual Artist Guild and taught children’s art classes through the CVA- Center for the Visual Arts, the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Montessori preschools and the gifted elementary students’ Art Cluster program, through the Wausau School system. I moved to Spring Green the summer of 2009 and live with my husband, Bobby and 2 cats, Fluffy and Sylvester. (I FINALLY have a studio to work in, thanks to Bobby.)
I am currently a member of WRAA, RAAC, SGAAC and SCAA. My art work is for sale at Red Door Gallery, in Richland Center and at No Rules Gallery, in Spring Green. I also exhibit at various art galleries throughout Wisconsin. I have coordinated the Richland Center Regional Arts Program for the past two years and am currently the Gallery Manager at the Red Door Gallery. I really enjoyed teaching collage art classes at the Art Adventures children’s program last Fall (2014) at the Wyoming Valley School.
Since children’s artwork is my absolute favorite I myself enjoy using bright, vivid colors. I love the free and expressive way children create. Mostly, I work in acrylics and experiment with different color palates, textures and patterns, creating compositions that balance both organic and geometric shapes. Since childhood, I have gathered unusual found objects to create my art. (Rocks, old magazines and books, photos, acorns, sticks, scraps of paper, old photos, packaging materials, large and small scrap pieces of wood and crates for stacking.) I took a variety of both 2 & 3D classes but I always preferred drawing and painting. Recently, I’ve started to do more collage and assemblages. I use found, discarded, recycled and natural objects for my new artwork. I find objects to use in my art assemblages everywhere I go and many people continue to give me different items also. I enjoy living in the woods and observing and photographing Spring Green’s beautiful and unique displays of nature. I have taken several trips to South Africa, to visit family, which has given me great opportunities to visually capture my many amazing experiences.