I have been an artist since the day I was born. I remember creating my first pieces when I was just 4-5 years old. I grew up in Iowa, generations of creative women ahead of me including grandmothers and my mother, also a painter. I’m a portrait photographer by trade. In 2012 my husband purchased a watercolor class for me as a Christmas gift and it just blossomed from there. I currently live in Maryville, Missouri with my husband of 10 years. I’m a mother to two grown sons and a small menagerie of critters.
My art helps transport me back to my youth in rural Iowa in the 1970’s. I was then, and still am, intrigued by small, quirky details both in everyday objects and human beings alike. I believe that you can find beauty in almost any object or person when looked at in the proper perspective and in a new light. I want to show the viewer how to observe something they see every single day in a unique and unexpected way.
Painting in a realistic realm I find to be meditative and soothing work. To me, realism is much like math, in that both brings me a calm knowing that there’s only one true answer of what the outcome should look like.
I am drawn towards the brightness of light but also the shadows that it casts, as I find both are required to create a balance in a piece of art. I find myself occasionally leaning towards darker art, which I feel balances my view of the world as a reminder that not everything is perfect.
When I was introduced to Digital Imaging, artwork created using the computer, I had an extensive background in Photography. I used my photographs as a basis for my artwork. At first, I just added something to a photograph, or perhaps changed a color, or moved something to give the photograph more interest.
As I became more experienced, I started to change the actual content of the photograph by doing things such as warping, stretching, twirling, etc. I started isolating sections of my photographs and putting these sections together to create a whole new scene that resembled a photograph but was really an imaginary scene.
Sometimes my work comes when I am learning how to use a new tool in Photoshop, which is the program I use to create my pieces. If I experiment with a tool and like the results, I will adjust it and refine it to my satisfaction. This is how I created the round symmetrical pieces you will see exhibited here.
I hope you will enjoy seeing my pieces as much as I enjoyed doing them.
Discovering that a single photo could not express the stories or the feelings of the numerous photographs I was taking, I morphed from a traditional photographer to a Digital Artist. Many of my one of a kind pieces are from the travels that my husband and I enjoy. I combine multi layers of backgrounds and photographs with souvenirs and found objects, discovered in thrift stores, attics, basements, estate and garage sales and my friends closets. These one of a kind pieces are printed on textured paper, watercolor paper, metallic paper, canvas and fabrics. Some are framed, others are displayed in boxes, suitcases, curio cabinets and all types of wooden and metal containers. Each art piece speaks to me its story and how it would like to be displayed. I hope they will speak to you also.
Each of us is the sum of our parts, no one piece should be taken individually. We are a Mosaic of our past, our present and our future.
Fiber processes lend themselves to the consideration of each tiny piece, each tiny stitch, each tiny stroke, each button and what they can mean to the whole. Aristotle described so passionately that the whole of our parts is much greater than the individual sum. Together we are more.
My pieces are meant to inspire one to think of this idea and to encourage joy in remembering those pieces of ourselves whether success or failure that brings us to where we are today.
Carpe each diem!