Working in the tradition of realism with natural light and classic techniques allows me to reveal the depth of detail in subjects and objects.
My painted tableaus of birds, vases, feathers, fruit, tapestries, and more draw the viewer into a world where they’re invited to imagine a story of their own.
The youngest of seven, I grew up on a working farm located on the prairie of southwest Minnesota. There was a rhythm to growing up there—an awareness of the shifting light, colors, and sounds associated with different times of the year.
As a child, my mother and I played a game that involved drawing imaginary places and scenes from irregular shapes. She also taught me to listen and identify birds by their songs and feather coloration. During migration, nesting or hatching times, birds marked the changing seasons. To me, birds were wonderous omens that later became prominent subjects of my work.
I don’t remember a time I wasn’t drawing, coloring, or looking at realistic book illustrations. Yet, I never thought about becoming an artist until I was in college and attended an art lecture that changed the course of my life.
During four years of studies and studio work with objects and the human form at Atelier Lack Fine Art, I fell in love with realism and with the smell of turpentine, Dammar varnish, and oil paints!
I currently live in Tucson with my husband, Bob, a desert tortoise, and two studio cats. Working by natural light in my studio, setting the stage for a new still life or figurative piece, sketching, creating props and backgrounds ignites my visual voice. I love the thrilling journey of painting from first brushstrokes to unexpected turns and closing touches.
I know a painting is finished when all the questions of space, light, and form have been answered when my whole body relaxes, and a certain peace comes over me while looking at the work.
19th century French artists
20th century Boston School artist
Classic oil on linen
Creating & arranging props