I was raised in a small town in western N Dakota, where elementary art education was typically a series of 3 x 5 cards depicting the masterpieces that were passed around the classroom on Friday afternoons. Fortunately I was lucky enough to have Walter Piehl, North Dakota’s premier western artist, as my eighth grade art teacher. His instruction instilled a life-long appreciation and love of art. I now consider my greatest influences to be the Impressionists and the American West artists, Thomas Moran and Albert Bierstadt. I work primarily in acrylics and oils.
In the interest of making a living, I attended NDSU in Fargo, North Dakota, attaining a BS in Pharmacy in 1979. Soon after, I moved to Rockford, IL to practice until my retirement in 2014. During that time I never lost my passion for art, expressing myself through needlepoint and stained glass. In retirement I added landscape painting to that list, mainly painting places I have been or would like to go some day.
I believe that art is integral to being human, whether in its creation or its appreciation. “I want to give the viewer a little look into the beautiful world we live in and encourage them to express their own creativity. It’s never too late to start!”
I live in Cherry Valley, IL, with my husband Mike, and our cat, Luke, when not off traveling the globe.