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Wisconsin's four seasons contribute to my continual inspiration through the heightened awareness of my five senses. In addition to observing breathtaking scenery and wildlife antics; the breezes, tastes, fragrant smells, and bird & animal calls awaken my deep down need to capture nature's entire drama on canvas.
     Once an idea for a painting is born, I do my own field work; hiking, sketching and collecting natural references such as leaves, moss, branches and stones. These are brought back to my studio, where I do several thumbnail sketches before selecting the best composition for a painting.

     By combining, layering and glazing techniques with different brushstrokes, I create textures in my acrylic paintings that are very realistic. I combine warm and cool colors in a way that creates the painting's mood.

     Upon completion of a painting, my hope is that it will create an awareness of environmental conservation efforts in order to preserve the awesome beauty in our world. It gives me a great sense of satisfaction when one of my paintings reaches out to someone who needs it.

     Mostly self-taught, I have been drawing since I was very young. My mother encouraged my skills by giving me gifts of art supplies for every birthday and Christmas. My father taught me tracking skills in the woods of Wisconsin. At the age of nine I drew in a sketchbook constantly - Snoopys and horses! I enjoyed taking art throughout high school, and then several college courses.

     In 1997 after attending a Robert Bateman workshop in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, I had a sense of re-awakening. I was filled with renewed inspiration and confidence in my artistic abilities.

     My creative drive and passion has been much stronger since attending several additional wildlife workshops with master artists including John Seerey-Lester, Paco Young, Terry Isaac and Carl Brenders. Hundreds of new ideas for future paintings come to me constantly. I am continuously composing paintings in my mind when I am not at my drawing table.



AWARDS

Award of Excellence, '16, Mosaic Arts, Arti Gras
Spring Art Festival, '10, "The Violin Lesson", People's Choice Award
Spring Art Festival, '09, "Fairview Creek", Second Place Professional
Spring Art Festival, '08, "Bringing up Baby", Third Place Professional
Spring’s Wings ’07, “A Walk In The Rain”, Third Place
Spring Art Festival, '06, "A Walk In The Rain", Honorable Mention
Waupaca's 40th Annual Art Show '04 "Bison" Honorable Mention
Art Spectacular '02, "Wolf in the Snow" Peoples Choice Award
Spring Art Festival '01, "Golden Morning" Honorable Mention
      Professional
Spring Art Festival '00, "Oak Ridge Red-tail" Honorable Mention
      Professional
Wild Art '99 at the NEW Zoo, "Natures Fragile Gifts" Third Place
Waupaca's 36th Annual Art Show, "Jessie's Robin" Honorable
      Mention Professional
Conservation Service Award for outstanding contributions, Ducks
      Unlimited, 1999
Appreciation Award, Trout Unlimited, 2000
Waupaca's 35th Annual Art Show, "Trillium" Third Place Professional
Spring Art Festival '98, "Wrangler" Third Place Professional

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Richeson Gallery ’07 Juried Exhibits: “Daughter With A Pearl”,
      “Waiting For Claudia”
Studio 210 Featured Artist, Neville Public Museum, January - April,
      2006
Participated in the 2006 Miniature Fine Art Exhibit, Paint Box Gallery,
      Ephraim, WI
Neville Public Museum 62nd Art Annual: "A Walk In The Rain"
T-Rex and Nest permanent mural painted at the Neville Public
      Museum, March, 2005
Wildlife Biennial Miller Art Museum, Sturgeon Bay, Invitational Exhibit
Artist Interview on "Outdoor Wisconsin" public and educational
      television, April of 2000
Featured Artist at Arti Gras 2000; NEW Arts Council
"Artist-In-Residence" at Ducks Unlimited's "Dinner of Dinners"-
      Milwaukee Zoo '99
Illustrated "Woodland Animals" coloring book for the Bay Beach
      Wildlife Sanctuary
Neville Public Museum's 55th Art Annual "Midnight Watch" Great Gray
      Owl
"Artist-In-Residence" at Ducks Unlimited's "An Evening In Flight" -
      EAA in Oshkosh '97
Smithsonian's "Artrain" Painting Demo inside train during it's Green
      Bay stop
Green Bay Art Colony; President 1999 - 2000
Bay Area Watercolor Guild; President 1997 - 1999



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