Artist’s Statement

My aspiration is to capture the landscape as it relates to people. As a former biology faculty member at Henry Ford College, I encouraged my students to personally engage with their natural surroundings. This experience enables me to better understand how people relate to the landscape which I capture in my paintings.

I enjoy working in a variety of mediums – oil, watercolor, acrylics, pastel and collage and appreciate the challenge of laying out and executing the painting. Equally, I paint for the pleasure people experience when viewing my work. Many of my paintings are done on site, in the plein air fashion. My technique starts with looking for interesting patterns of light and shadow and then I make a quick pencil sketch and take digital photographs for future reference to finish the piece.

My parents encouraged my early passion for art while I was growing up on a farm in southeastern Michigan. From the time I took my first watercolor painting class at the age of 12, I was hooked. In high school, I designed and painted a 4’ by 8’ mural for the local elementary school. I was a biology major in college and have a master’s degree in botany. Over the years I continued enhancing my artistic skills by taking numerous workshops.

Education

  • Montclair State College, Montclair, NJ. Major: Biology, Bachelor of Arts, 1974
  • Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI. Major: Botany, Masters of Science, 1982

Exhibitions

  • City Opera House, Traverse City, MI, “Just Great Art” exhibit sponsored by Plein Air Painters of Northwest Michigan. November 2, 2016-February 28, 2017
  • Saginaw Art Museum, Great Lakes Bay En Plein Air Exhibit. June 20-September 3, 2016
  • Oliver Art Center 5th Annual Juried Members Show.
  • Glen Arbor Plein Air Paintout. Sponsored by the Glen Arbor Art Association. 2009-2016.

Representation

Glen Lake Artists Gallery
6023 S. Lake St.
Glen Arbor, MI 49636
(231) 334-4230

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