I believe Frida Kahlo said it best when she stated, “The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration.”
I’ve known since elementary school that I love to create art. When I won first place in oils for my grade level in junior high and gained formal recognition for the first time, I began to think of myself as an artist and to consider a career in art. After years of study that includes not only formal training at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, the College of the Redwoods, and the Mendocino Art Center in California, but also classes with locally and nationally known artists, I know that I paint because I must. My paintings have found their way into numerous art showings as collections, both personal and corporate, in the United States and as far away as the University of Helsinki. I have been an active member of the artistic community in Lincoln, Nebraska where I served as President of the Lincoln Art Club in 1994 and as a board member of the Association of Nebraska Art Clubs.
Early pioneers often chose to settle in geographic regions that most reminded them of the homes they had left behind. I believe that as human beings we have an organic connection to the earth that helps to shape who we are. As a Nebraskan, I am a product of wide open spaces and big skies. This might help to explain why – although I work in a variety of media and enjoy exploring different ideas and themes – I am drawn to landscape painting. I have been a member of a Pleinaire group for several years, and I feel that the best way for an artist to undertand color and color relationships is to paint outside in the natural world. I love the challenge of making immediate color decisions that correspond with the subtle changes in light and shadow as they happen.
The price point for my work at this time ranges from low hundreds to low thousands.
Please feel free to contact me to view my other works.