I was born and raised in Michigan, where my love of landscapes began.
I earned my Associates of Applied Science-Commercial Art degree in 1984 from Northwestern Michigan College.
Over the years, I transitioned from being a graphic artist of many years, to stay-at-home mom, to primary education assistant and para-educator.
2013 marked the fulfillment of my desire to be a full-time landscape artist.
Living in Kansas the last twenty-two years, I have a deep appreciation for the rural landscape around me, as well as varied landscapes experienced on many travels in the U.S. and abroad.
I am represented at SNW Gallery & Custom Frames in Manhattan, Kansas, where my artwork is always available to purchase, and is part of group exhibits at various times throughout the year.
Recently I had a painting in the invitational show, "Small Wonders", at the Birger Sandzen Memorial Gallery, in Lindsborg, KS. Prior to that, I had a painting included in the "Artistic Interpretations of Coronado Heights" show at the Birger Sandzen Memorial Gallery. In 2021 my work was in the juried "Ninnescah Art Exhibit" , at the Vernon Filley Museum, Pratt, KS (I was also in the 2018 show). I have had a painting in the invitational show, "Kansas Scenic Byways", which began at the Birger Sandzen Memorial Gallery. From there, the show traveled to the Hays Arts Council, Hays, KS, and then went on to the Shafer Art Gallery, on the campus of Barton County Community College, Great Bend, KS. I have had a painting in the annual juried show of the National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic, held at the historic Salmagundi Club, NY, NY, in 2019, 2018, and 2015 (no show in 2020, 2021 or 2022). I am a full member of the National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic. In 2018, I had a painting in the invitational show, "Art Kansas", in Friendship Gallery on the campus of McPherson College.
I have been juried into several other shows, including Prairie Village Arts Council's national "State of the Arts 2020" show, R.G. Endres Gallery, Prairie Village, KS, "Symphony in the Flint Hills Art Show and Auction", SFH Gallery, Cottonwood Falls, KS (2019, 2018, 2017, 2016), "Wichita Arts Council Juried Art Exhibit", City Arts Gallery, Wichita, KS (2015, 2014), and "Small Works, Big Ideas", Mead Street Gallery, Wichita, KS (2014).
Special selections and awards include having "Ascending to New Heights" receive Honorable Mention in the Prairie Village Arts Council's national "State of the Arts 2020" show, having "View From Coronado Heights" selected to hang in the conference room of the Chief Justice of the Kansas State Supreme Court (January 2017-February 2018), and Best of Show awarded to "Flower Studies-Louise's Legacy" at the "Small Works, Big Ideas" show, Mead Street Gallery, Wichita, KS (2014).
Solo exhibits include "The Views Around Us", Dyck Arboretum of the Plains, Hesston, KS (2018), "Sunrise, Sunset & Time in Between", McPherson Public Library, McPherson, KS, (2017), "In My Own Backyard", VAAM Gallery, McPherson, KS (2016), "Horizons", Tessera Gallery, Wichita, KS (2015), and several others.
Notecards and prints of my work are available for purchase at McPherson Museum in McPherson, KS, Vernon Filley Museum in Pratt, KS, Dyck Arboretum in Hesston, KS, The Raven Bookstore in Lawrence, KS, and Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center, Overland Park, KS.
My artwork has been purchased and commissioned for both private and corporate collections throughout the United States.