My Inspiration & Background
I relocated to Indiana from the Chicago area in the early 2000s. I have years of experience in the fine arts and graphic design. I attended the Art Institute of Chicago and Northern Illinois University and taught at the Art Institute of Indianapolis and Ivy Tech.
What is the first memory of wanting to create art?
I’ve wanted to be an artist since I was a small child. Somewhere, if the paper hasn’t deteriorated, I have my first “figurative” work! I recall, at age 5, fighting with my friend Nancy over art supplies. We are friends to this day, are both fine art college professors, and have our own painting supplies! At age ten, I was fortunate my mom enrolled me in oil painting classes at the local art league. I have had some marvelous mentors along the way. One of the earliest mentors was a friend of my mom’s, Pat Wylie. Pat was a Chicago artist. I have fond memories of lunches with my mom and Pat. Being in grammar school, I was a bit bored with adult talk. Pat would reach into her deep purse, pull out a watercolor set, paper, brushes, and a small container with water for me to create art! Pat encouraged me to enter my first art professional art show.
What would you be doing if you weren’t making art?
I would be doing what I am doing now, which is teaching art and design. I love being of service to others. It’s exciting to enter a classroom to find an ongoing debate about the arts! It’s fantastic to talk about art concepts and see students absorbing the information, making it their own.
I learn a lot from my students. When I began teaching full-time, I noticed my work began growing in leaps and bounds. I attribute part of this growth to the questions and comments from my student while critiquing their art or learning design processes. So many of them are thirsty to learn about the arts and often come up with perspectives different from my own. That helps me to push my knowledge and horizons as an artist.
I have the privilege to watch some of my students and graduates grow in their art and commercial design. In the arts, if you retain an open mind, you will never stop learning.
What’s your creative process and the art styles that you’re exploring now?
I don’t use pencil and paper to create my concept work, I do all of it digitally.
In my early work, I integrated organic shapes with man-made structures. In Photoshop, I combined the photos, then manipulate, merge, add to, and eliminate areas until the final image emerges. Once satisfied, I used the completed digital image as a visual reference for paintings.
In recent work, I explore urban display windows merging the window content with the reflections of the city. It is more image-oriented than previous work, yet a strong sense of bold color and flattened forms as found in my earlier work
What do you want for yourself as an artist?
I want to continue to grow in my art and creativity. For the first time in my life, I am considering painting on a full-time basis.
What is your biggest obstacle in making art?
Time!!! I have the ideas; it’s always about time!
What do you want for your collectors?
I hope investors will see my passion and experience. If you invest in my art, I hope you will both love what you see and see the value in your purchase.
You can visit my work on Fine Art America.