Art has been an important part of my life and career. The process of making art is an enjoyable fulfilling journey for me. It begins with an idea and planning its execution, then the meditative and quiet state of creative focusing until completion. Somewhere in my process I often experiment for fun, not being particularly interested in having a “style”, but trying always to maintain quality.
My painting media are oil and watercolor. Nature and landscapes are often subjects for me. Lake Michigan with its many moods offers such a different landscape from the rolling hills of Iowa where I grew up that I have found the big lake fascinating. I often work realistically in oils and watercolors using my own photographs for references, but have also painted abstractly.
I work with fibers, too. I weave using the coiling core method and often incorporate driftwood, feathers and beads into my baskets and wall pieces.
In 1986, I was hired by Grand Haven Schools to teach elementary art. I had a wonderful career as an art teacher for 27 years and I retired from teaching in 2012.
1983 Master of Arts Degree, Drake University
1971 University of Iowa B.A., art major with a focus in painting
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Children's Moon: Watercolor and pen and ink
Myrtle's Bling: Fiber Basket
Improbable: Watercolor and pen and ink
Twisted: Fiber Wall Piece
Blue Green Hideout: Oil
Awash in the Wind: Oil