My husband and I have three nature-loving boys and live in Traverse City, Michigan, my husband’s hometown.
The Chicago area is where I grew up and still take regular trips back to spend time with family and friends. The area provides an abundance of culture and art.
Traverse City has been my home for the past 15 years and I love the slower pace, the people and the beautiful landscape of Northern Michigan.
Oil painting became a love of mine at a young age when I took classes at the local art league. This led me to study art in college. Working out of my home allows me the opportunity to gather fresh inspiration from my garden, the local fields and forests.
When I am not painting, you can find me in the woods or on the lake shore exploring with my family.
Flowers were my very first painting muse years ago. That love grew into a career as a floral designer in the Chicago area and developed into a love for gardening.
Working with flowers has always been a joyful experience for me. When I began working with fresh flowers and foraged greens in my studio I found a renewed joy in the creative process.
For me, painting flowers allows me the opportunity to slow down enough to appreciate all the details that make up something so ephemeral and delicate.
Spring show at Tinker Studio in Traverse City, MI- May, 2019
Featured artist at Bonobo Winery, Traverse City, MI- Nov/Dec 2018
Collection of work displayed June 2018 at the Traverse City Country Club
Became a member of Oil Painters of America in January 2018
Collection of work displayed June 2017 at the Botanic Gardens in Traverse City, MI
"Peoples Choice Award" in Baypointe CC juried annual show 2015 with, "Overcome by Fear, Fear Overcome"
Accepted into ARTPRIZE Grand Rapids 2015 with piece "Overcome by Fear, Fear Overcome"
Floral piece in juried show at Baypointe CC in April 2016
Floral piece in juried show at Gallery 50 in February 2016
Accepted into ARTPRIZE Grand Rapids 2011 with "The Offering"
A selection of work shown at Inside Out Gallery in 2009.