About the Artist
I grew up in a small town in northern Indiana. Lived a humble but wonderful childhood, mostly outdoors. Each day brought a spirit of adventure filled with wonder.
In college, I had a counselor who told me that artists weren’t able to support themselves by painting alone, and encouraged me to focus on graphic design and marketing.
For fifteen years, I parked my passion for painting and worked to be the best graphic designer I could be. Even having created award-winning work, it still felt like something was missing. So I took that leap of faith and jumped back into my painting.
Twenty years later, I’m still painting. My work started out tightly realistic, but I found sanctuary in the abstraction where I could communicate so many things without completely exposing myself. Painting has allowed me to work through the weighted questions in life.
I don’t believe that we choose art; it’s art that chooses us. Both a blessing and a curse, I would be lost without it. It is my life-force, my footprint, my souls private podium.
My first lesson: everything happens for a reason. The shapes I explored in nature as a child have been a guide for my painting. Life as a short-order cook, a waitress, a microphone girl, a singer and dancer, a student, a daughter, a sister, a girlfriend, a wife and mother, an ex-wife and single mom, an art director, a designer, an account manager, and a paper girl have all shaped my life and brought me the subject matter and passion for what I paint.
My second lesson: don’t listen to what other people say you can or can’t do. Follow what your heart tells you and you will succeed.
I hope my work inspires you to follow your dream. Life is too short not to.
Commissions & Collections
The Himelsteins in California, The Nishuira Family in Tokyo, Japan, The Fioretti Collection in Chicago, Indiana collections include RCI Corporate Offices, The United Way, Dickey & Sons Corporation, Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association/RCA Dome, Eli Lilly & Co, Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf Architects, Cabello Associates, Irwin Union Bank, Stuart & Branigan Law Firm, Seigel Eberhardt Law Firm, The Fortune Family, The Crockett Family, North Point Medical, IDO Interior Designers, Dr. Simon Abraham, Indianapolis Colt Bryan Fletcher, Support Net, Inc., Tony Stuart/Stuart Moving, Turner Woodard, Ann Marie Tiernon, Former Indiana Mayor Bart Peterson, Community Hospital.