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Painting is my passion. Working in transparent watercolor is personal, magical, humbling, soothing, exciting and challenging all mixed together.
I don't have to look far for ideas--they jump out at me. As I take photographs, I see a finished painting with fascinating contrasts of light, shadow and vibrant colors.
I've always been a bit of a nonconformist and risk taker--thinking outside the box and trying to push the boundaries even from there. I think many of my compositions show that side of my personality.
I enjoy the process of creating, sometimes more than the finished product. I become invested and consequently feel a lot more satisfaction with a painting when I've had to struggle to solve a problem, probably one that I created in the first place!
Honors and Awards: WRAA Carmen & Eva Beining Award 2010; State Award, Wisconsin Regional Art Program, Prairie du Sac 2010, Whitewater 2010 and 2009, and Beloit 2009
Professional Affiliations: Madison Watercolor Society; Madison Art Guild; Wisconsin Alliance of Artists & Craftspeople; Wisconsin Regional Arts Association, Executive Board Member; Wisconsin Women’s Network Transparent Watercolor Society of America.
Group Exhibitions: Madison Watercolor Society; Olbrich Gardens, 2010; UW Hospitals, 2010 and 2009; Artful Women Art Show, UW Hospitals 2009; Madison Watercolor Society; Middleton Library 2008; Eclectic Art of Cooking, Whitewater 2010 Madison Watercolor Society, Olbrich Gardens 2010 Madison Watercolor Society, UW Hospitals 2011, 2010 & 2009 Artful Women Art Show, UW Hospitals 2010 & 2009.
Commissions: UW Children's Hospital; numerous private individuals
Watercolor classes/workshops: Bridget Austin; Linda Baker; Connie Glowacki; Mary Ann Inman; Peggy Ferlin; Mike Bailey.
Representation:Diakonos Designs, Stoughton; Orange Tree Imports, Madison; Sweet Lips Art & Gift Gallery, Lake Mills.