Tell us a little bit about how you got started in art.
As the daughter of an artist mother, I don’t remember a time when I didn’t create art and assumed that it was just another normal thing that people did. As with most things that come naturally, I took that gift completely for granted—I went to college, got a master’s degree in physical therapy, got married, and got “a real job.” It wasn’t until a few years into that career that I formed an unlikely friendship with the wife of one of my patients. Lois was a prolific artist with a contagious enthusiasm and a vast lifetime of knowledge in her work, and I gratefully accepted her invitation to paint together at her studio. It was during this slice of time that I began to understand that artistic expression is a gift, and that is was absolutely essential to me!
What media do you work with and how would you describe your artistic style?
I paint almost exclusively in oil, using cold wax medium and galkyds when wanting to add more or less body to the paint. My artistic style has evolved over time and could currently be best described as contemporary impressionism. I am most inspired by the beauty in natural landscapes, and since moving to the “middle of the map” have been swooning over the dramatic skies and open wild prairies. My work largely represents the overwhelming need in this fast-paced and hyperconnected society to unplug and spend time with the Creator in the solace and solitude of a natural environment. The art is always about exploring the concept of consistency and diversity in nature, of finding a space to explore the range of emotions among the quiet acceptance that only time outside can restore—it’s my greatest hope that I can extend that space to you through my art.
What other artists do you look up to and draw inspiration from?
This is a hard one to narrow down! I’m currently obsessed with Hester Berry, an artist from the UK who is an absolute master of composition and simplification (@hester_berry on instagram). I definitely can’t go without mentioning Richard Schmid, a contemporary master that I credit with much of my art education through his timeless book, Alla Prima, and last but definitely not least, Penny Dillon, a local artist who has generously mentored me on my quest for ceaseless improvement.
Where can we find your art around town?
I am currently represented by Prairiebrooke Arts in downtown Overland Park. This group is not only talented but supportive in promoting my work and are genuinely some of the best people I’ve met.