I didn’t become serious about art in my life until my five children were grown and I enrolled in Mott Community College in Flint, MI, in 1986. I rediscovered the satisfaction and excitement I had felt in high school art classes. Over a span of eleven years at two colleges, first at Mott and continuing when we moved to Grand Junction, CO, where I was able to complete an Associate Degree and three semesters toward a Bachelor Degree in Studio Art at Mesa State University.
My education was extended by taking group classes in various mediums from accomplished artists while moving a few times for my husband’s work to Colorado, Kentucky, Wisconsin and back to Michigan. Along the way, I was fortunate to visit many great art museums of our country, such as: Chicago Institute of Art, Cincinnati Art Museum, Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, MT, Dayton Art Institute, Speed Art Museum in Louisville, KY, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Recently, I had the opportunity to travel to Taos and Santé Fe, NM spending many enjoyable hours browsing the fine art galleries there. Each journey was inspirational and enlightening.
My work covers many mediums including: printmaking, pastels, collage, and acrylic painting, in addition to batik. I have exhibited in each city we’ve lived in and been active in the local art groups. While in Kentucky, I was a juried member of the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen for my batik work and was Gallery Chair for the Wilderness Trace Art League of Danville. For several years, I exhibited in galleries in Galena, IL, and Shorewood, Appleton and Fond du Lac, WI.
Working with batik gives me another avenue of expression that is perhaps not as well known by the general public as other styles of art. It is unique in its process and its look, which is why I have chosen to concentrate on experimenting with different subject matter and compositions. Each piece is an adventure and always has a surprise ending waiting for me.
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