I was born and raised on a farm in Southeastern Nebraska and grew up loving the land and animals in my world. I continue to live close to my childhood home and spend time on our farms. I love the sky and change of seasons, and enjoy the subtle beauty of nature in all its simplicity and complexity. Color is very important in my work, be it realistic and painted en plein aire, or arbitrary with a contemporary flair. The joy and fulfillment experienced when painting is very important to me. I enjoy helping others to develop their artistic potential and am fortunate to have many artist friends who share my passion for art. Nature, however, is the best teacher. Painting outside with the wind blowing gently, listening to the sounds of nature whispering in your ear, the sense of peace and joy is profound and invite me back again and again with a sense of place in time and space.
I have studied with Professors and other gifted lecturers learning Greek, Roman, Renaissance, Baroque, Northern European, and Modern Art History.
I have developed my artistic talents by studying with nationally known artists working in watercolor, oil, acrylic, collage, mixed media and drawing.
I exhibit my art in various galleries in Nebraska and have art in collections throughout the US and Europe. I teach private classes and workshops for the past 30 years in watercolor, oil, drawing media, collage, altered books, and mixed media. I have won many awards for my art work including Best of Show, Best in Oil, UNL Faulkner Award