ARTIST STATEMENT
In my pastel landscapes I combine my two loves: art and nature.
I have worked in many mediums, but most of all I am compelled by the glowing, luminous quality of dry pastels. They so well express the passion that I have for color, light and texture.
The process of making art is for me a journey with moments of awe when I find just the right color combination or create an illusion of space and dimension.
By painting landscapes I feel I am on a search for a feeling of spiritual connection that I find in nature. I enjoy traveling the country sides of Door County, Wisconsin and California, capturing images and finding inspiration for my artwork.

BIOGRAPHY
As a child growing up in a small town in Wisconsin, my mother, a trained artist, taught me to draw and made sure that art was an important part of my everyday life. My father was devoted to conservation and preserving the Wisconsin wilderness. He taught me to love and respect the land.
As a young girl I remember standing on the beach of our cottage in Door County on Lake Michigan with my father who promised me that one day I would have a peak experience and feel one with nature. This idea has had a profound influence on my life and my art making.
I went on to study fine art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and then film and animation at the California Institute of the Arts. I worked in the feature film industry for several years doing visual effects and animation. Later on I became interested in computer graphics and studied at UCLA extension and Glendale Community College.
Throughout my life I have painted in oils, watercolor, and colored pencils. It was only when I moved to Ojai, California and I saw Bert Collins' amazing pastel landscapes that I knew that this was the way I could express what I felt. I have also been inspired by the California Impressionist painters. In recent years I have moved several times, but I always come back to Door County which has never ceased to be an inspiration for me.

EDUCATION
BA in Art, University of Wisconsin 1974
MFA in Animation, California Institute of the Arts 1978
Studies in Computer Graphics, UCLA extension and Glendale Community College

EXHIBITIONS
Neville Public Museum
1973 "Northeastern Wisconsin Art Annual"
Purchase Award "Five Wisconsin Landscapes" oil

San Fernando Valley Artists Guild
2010 "Fall Exhibition"
Merchandise Award “Gathering Storm over Carpinteria” pastel

California Art Club
2011 "Art between the Lines: An Unthemed Exhibition"

National Park Service Thousand Oaks, California
2012 "The Artist's Path in our Parks"