About

Artist Statement/Bio

I grew up in the country where I collected moss, bugs, leaves and, to my mother’s chagrin, snakes and salamanders. My rural upbringing was the major influence on my aesthetic sensibility and artwork. Now I am a professional artist, amateur naturalist, and art material junkie who loves finding new materials and methods to interpret the natural forms I find, collect, and photograph during regular excursions into the forest preserves of Illinois with my brilliant rescue pups Max and Duncan by my side.  

My nature inspired mixed media artwork is a homage to nature’s strength, beauty, and my desire to impart my love of nature to others.  The ways I incorporate these influences have evolved over the years.  I emulate natural aging processes in the studio with paint and materials, building up and wearing away like water on rock.  I have always conscientiously collected specimens and learned how best to preserve and integrate them, but lately I have been using some more indirect techniques that also capture aspects of plants, trees, or a landscape.  Being a process junkie, I’m now using Ecoprints, digital prints, silkscreen specimens, transfers, digitally cut silhouettes, and most recently archivally printed photographs in my work.  I liken my process to jazz: after much preparation and research, I jump in and improvise with processes and the material I’ve prepared, striving for equilibrium between spontaneity and deliberation.  

My work has received national recognition and been shown in museums, galleries, corporations, hospitals and some really killer residences but my greatest reward is loading my dog into the truck and heading to my studio!

Studio

I personally love visiting artist’s studios; it reveals so much about their process at first glance!

My large messy studio may be overwhelming at first, but there is structure within the mayhem. There are different stations for different parts of my various processes: an encaustic fireproof counter, a table for silkscreen and gel printing, a “clean” tech area with computer and printer, and a table reserved for water media and collage.  And of course there is the collection wall full of 20 years of collected specimens of all types: pressed leaves categorized by color, rocks and fossils by their location, interesting pods and seeds, and dead bugs and butterflies.  There’s also the back room full of various tree parts, boxes of bark, sticks, dried grasses and peacock feathers!

Throw in a little bit of dog hair and an abandoned bone from whichever dog accompanied me to the studio last, and you get the idea…..  

This mad mess overlooks the Fox River in Aurora, IL amidst a vibrant local art scene.  

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Private Events

I like to show my appreciation for my collectors and subscribers by throwing private events at the studio.  We enjoy cocktails, charcuterie, and giveaways to benefit local animal rescue organizations. It’s a win win!!

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