I have been entranced by the rich atmospheres and colors of traditional oil paintings since first walking through the galleries of the Museum of the Art Institute in Chicago as a teen. I have also long been drawn to the intrinsic stories and histories of papers, fabrics, and text. My paintings combine these two interests by incorporating collaged elements into oil painting. At first these paintings may seem purely whimsical and the subjects arbitrary, but my hope is that a viewer will be drawn in by the painting enough to tie together the images and elements and develop their own story, or consider a new view or idea.
I studied painting at Illinois Wesleyan University where I earned a BFA. After traveling extensively I returned to the mid-west where I attended the University of Illinois and earned a MA in Art Education. I taught art at all levels from kindergarten to college before leaving teaching to paint full time. I reside in Lafayette, Indiana and have a studio here.