I am a visual learner. I relate to the world primarily in a visual-tactile sense. My work relies on direct observation, drawings and water colors. I found my place in the art rooms during middle and high school. This was where I could focus for hours and learn how to travel from concept to a finished project.
My first printmaking classes were in the 1970’s at Lewis and Clark College and The Oregon School of Arts and Crafts-both in Portland Oregon. The Northwest was alive with printmakers who were excellent teachers. Their works were and are still in the top galleries of Portland.
I received my BA from Lewis and Clark College and my MFA from the University of Oregon. At both institutions I studied drawing, intaglio and lithography. Laverne Krause, Jack Portland, Ron Graef and Liza Jones gave me a top notch education.
Life would get complicated, but the studio was always a sanctuary. Walking and running in our beautiful parks was visually inspiring. I collect items from walks in the neighborhood or while on vacation. I keep sketchbooks of views I find enjoyable and challenging such as the Hawthorne Bridge, a fresh almond croissant, and Haystack Rock. Any farmers market is a visual banquet. I work these books with sharpies and water colors. Line quality is most important and there are so many way to create line work. I think this is why I am so attracted to etching,.
I crave being a student and teacher. I feel it is important to my work to continue learning and taking classes and to pass that knowledge along. I have taught in several schools districts in the Willamette Valley for the past 35 years. Helping schools with fundraising projects via the arts is a special interest of mine. It brings the art room into focus as a practical subject not just as an afterthought or a hobby.
I am represented by the Imprint Gallery at Cannon Beach and teach printmaking in their newly remodeled studio. The connection of exhibiting and creating art in the same location brings together the educational component and the collector. My work is included in the Collections of the Gilkey Graphic Arts at the Portland Art Museum, the Anchorage Museum and the Multnomah County Library.. In Eugene I was on the board for the Ducks on Parade project donating painted, large fiberglass Ducks to local charities. Under Jan Rimermans leadership I am one of the Artist involved with the Art for the Wetlands for the Wetlands Conservancy.
I gravitate toward art-related projects that help the environment, our four legged friends and the community. My husband and I are part of the family of rescue dog owners.