The things that influence my life somehow make their way to the canvas. Though I paint in abstraction, you’ll see glimpses of my family, my fondness for the written word, a graphic design background, and my love of nature. While many of my paintings are reflections on solitude and the quietness of meditation, I love to explore the concept of relationships. I begin my paintings with only a hint of intention, embracing the unexpected. Layers of color are built up, wiped off, and painted over. My appreciation for things aging and well worn shows through in the hints of cracking paint and textured surfaces that evolve as I work.

I grew up in Springfield, Illinois riding my bike and playing kick-the-can, when everything was groovy. The coloring book was my first canvas. Somewhere in the middle of college, I put down my crayons and brushes to study graphic design. After a successful design career, and the addition of a husband and two kids, I’m back to brushes and canvas. It’s not a glamorous life – toting around paintings in the back of a mini van – but you could still say I’m the luckiest girl in the world! I get to do what I love with full support of a cool family. My life is back to groovy.

Awards and Grants
3rd Place, Painting — Port Clinton Art Festival, August 2017 
Outstanding Achievement — Glencoe Art Fair, July 2017 
Painting Award — Grand Haven Art Festival, Michigan, June 2016 
1st Place, Painting — Evanston Art and Big Fork Festival, September 2015
Outstanding Achievement — Glencoe Art Fair, August 2015
Painting Award — Grand Haven Art Festival, Michigan, June 2015 
Outstanding Achievement — Gold Coast Art Fair, Chicago, June 2015
Lois Goodson Memorial Purchase Award — Quincy, IL, June 2014
Schuering Purchase Award — Quincy, IL, June 2012
Puffin Foundation Grant — Art Changing the View Project, March 2011
3rd Place Award — Mayslake Peabody Estate Art Exhibit, June 2009
Award of Merit — Oak Park, IL, May 2009

Selected Exhibitions
Fountain City Art Center — “Just Imagine” January 2017
Studio Oh, Chicago — October 2014
Red Poppy Art Gallery, Lafayette, Indiana — August 2013 - May 2014
David Strawn Art Gallery, Jacksonville, IL — November 2012
6th Floor Gallery, Mana Contemporary — CrystalB Designs Fashion Show, September 2013
2nd Floor Gallery, Lacuna Artist Lofts, Chicago — March 2012
MDW Fair, Mana Contemporary, Chicago, — November 2012
4E Gallery, Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago — 2-person show, “Urban Nature” July, 2011
4E Gallery, Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago — “Vision Becomes Reality” March, 2011
Bridge Gallery, Chicago — November 2010 - January 2011
Aloft Hotel, Bolingbrook, IL — June-August, 2010
Private Estate, Springfield, IL — August, 2010
Framing Mode Art Gallery, Chicago — “Stories of Old” October 2010
4E Gallery, Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago — “Artists Respond to the Gulf Oil Spill” Sept, 2010
Yorktown Center Art Exhibit, Lombard, IL — December 2009
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