I have used many media over the years. I love the adventure of new learning.
Currently, I'm working in Mixed Media, including watercolor, pastel, and colored pencil. The pencils offer water soluble watercolors and inks, as well as oil and wax based pigments. The visual images are presented on 100% cotton paper. Some paper is coated with a 400 grit sanded surface. All materials are archival. They provide the most vibrant available today, and they will last many years.
My images favor the beauty of botanical's and encourage us to enjoy them. I strive to develop composition, form, color, and texture in each painting, and to present a cohesive body of work.
Since 2005, I have participated as a jewelry artist in nearly 200 national juried art festivals. Over the last 20 years, I have shown in Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky, Texas, Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Masschusetts, Connecticut, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. Also, I've been represented in California and Arkansas.
My college degrees include Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, and Master of Science, magna cum laude, in the field of Education, but neither is art related. Yet throughout my life, my "art" has always been with me.
My official art career began in Chicago in the 1980's. I took community art classes, enjoyed Board Membership in the Lake Forest Art League, and occasionally sold 2D work. I was represented by three galleries in Downtown Chicago.
In 1995, I moved to Tampa, Florida. Later, my husband and I purhased a full service florist, where my new medium was gorgeous flowers. During this time, my daugher Dana introduced me to jewelry making. I sold my jewelry as a companion product in our florist shop. In 2004, I began showing the jewelry at national juried art festivals.
When Covid 19 hit, the festivals were temporarily suspended, and I sheltered at home. While isolated, I decided to practice my drawing and painting skills. Post Covid, when the art festivals resumed, we began showing the 2D Mixed Media work represented on this website.