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Growing up in the Midwest, I am intrinsically drawn to the land and nature as a source of inspiration, especially in observing the small details or that of the everyday common stuff most people overlook in their busy lives. To grow creatively, I keep stretching for the next big idea in which to explore artistically and connect with others on a visual story telling level.
My work ranges from exploring landscapes to simple contemplating still life to working to capture the the spaces, light and contrast within nature herself. The flip side is focused on children’s picture book illustration. Examples of this are shown in some of my reptile and frog watercolors posted here.
I have degrees in Studio Art (concentration in watercolor, drawing and printmaking) and Art History from the University of Minnesota, Morris, but consider myself a perpetual student.
I have background studies in biology and this influences my artwork as well. As a “closet” environmentalist, I feel that art is one way to get people to pay attention on how incredibly precious our planet and life on it is. (By closet environmentalist, I mean making conscious decisions on what to purchase, buy local, recycle or reuse everything possibly, picking up trash, drive less and support non-profit groups that are working to solve environmental issues on a grander scale).
My work is centered around watercolor, color pencil, ink and pastels. My alter-artist-egos are a combination of Georgia O’Keeffe and Beatrix Potter.
Additional artwork, short stories and observations can be seen at 52 Weeks: Words with Water and Color. http://52weeksoftails.wordpress.com