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Statement

I am primarily inspired by the natural world in my artwork.

I enjoy wandering in the woods, looking for a weathered tree full of character, a unique view, or a light effect that fascinates me.

Having drawn all of my life, I began doing illustration work in the 1990s. I contributed art for many children's non-fiction educational books among other types of clients. In recent years I have studied drawing and painting more traditionally and intensely, working from the figure and still life setups. I love painting and drawing outdoors (en plein air).

I paint and draw daily, study art books, and visit galleries as much as possible. I have a great appreciation for nineteenth through early twentieth century art, including landscapes and portrait paintings. I work in oils, acrylics, gouache, watercolor, pen & ink, pastel, and pencil.

Artists I admire include: Sargent, Moran, Sorolla, Kollwitz, Zorn, Trost-Richards, Kensett, Inness, Rembrandt, Fantin-Latour, Rousseau, Daubigny, and Watteau.

Education

BFA Columbia College, Chicago 2001

Teaching

Classes at Evanston Art Center, 2017—present

Classes at LillStreet Art Center, 2018—present

Exhibition Record

June 2017, Duo Show (with Anita Miller), Danon Gallery, Evanston, IL

May 2016, Duo Show (with Erdmut Lerner), Danon Gallery, Evanston, IL

October 2015, Birds in Jeopardy Exhibition, Noyes Cultural Arts Center, Evanston, IL

October 2015, Skokie Art Guild Fall Member's Show, Skokie, IL

December 2014, Branching Out show, Noyes Cultural Arts Center, Evanston, IL

November 2014, Skokie Art Guild Brush with Nature show, Skokie, IL

January, 2014, Biennial Student Exhibition Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL

November, 2000, Student Show, Columbia College, Chicago, IL