ARTISTS' STATEMENT: 

I love the challenge of abstract art.  It's like putting together a jigsaw puzzle without looking at the picture on the box cover.  

 

BIOGRAPHY:

I was born in 1954 in Wausau, Wisconsin and have lived most of my life here although I have traveled throughout most of the United States, and Europe, with briefer visits to Canada and Mexico.  My father was an American soldier who brought my mother, a German immigrant, back to the states after World War II.  I grew up with four older siblings and one younger, but was the first to graduate from college.  I received my Bachelor's Degree in Art in 1980 from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point.  After graduation, I did what many art students do and got a non-art job .  I worked for Congressman David Obey for 25 years, which paid the bills and allowed me to retire early to return to more creative pursuits. 

I began again by creating textile art in 2012 then transitioned to paper in 2014, both in recognizable subjects.  But I was always drawn to the abstract art of other artists. I discovered realism to be so much easier for me because I was translating real images into another medium.  Abstract art comes out of your own head and I wasn't sure what was up there.  I continued working with paper, glue and ink. The first two years were extremely challenging and frustrating.  It wasn't until mid-2016 that I started to feel more comfortable working only with my imagination, inspired by a texture or color or piece of ephemera. I hope you enjoy the images of my work in my website gallery as much as I enjoy creating them. 

 

RECENT WISCONSIN SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITS, GALLERIES AND AWARDS:

2017 Visions Exhibit, Riverfront Art Center, Stevens Point, Wisconsin:  Honorable Mention

2017 Howard Young Medical Center, Woodruff, Wisconsin:  Third Place

2017 Wisconsin Valley Art Association, Wausau, Wisconsin:  Judges' Choice Award

2016 "Roots" exhibit, Center for the Visual Arts, Wausau, Wisconsin

2016 "All About Trees"  Riverfront Art Center, Stevens Point, Wisconsin

2016 Cultural Center, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin

2016 Visions Show,  Riverfront Art Center, Stevens Point, Wisconsin

2016 Reaching New Heights Gallery, Marshfield Clinic, Weston, Wisconsin:  3rd Place Award / Cattails and Flowers Show

2016 Wisconsin Valley Art Association Memorial Show, Wausau, Wisconsin:  Judges' Choice Award

2015 "Manimal' exhibit, Center for the Visual Arts, Wausau, Wisconsin:  Third Place

2015 Wisconsin Regional Art Association, Madison, Wisconsin:  Mary Lou Lindroth Award

2015 Wisconsin Regional Art Program, Minocqua, Wisconsin:  State Award

2015 Wisconsin Regional Art Program, Wausau, Wisconsin:  State Award

2015 Reaching New Heights Gallery, Marshfield Clinic, Weston Wisconsin:  Honorable Mention/ Winter Show

2015 Wisconsin Valley Art Association Memorial Show, Wausau; Judges' Choice Award

2014 WRAA/WRAP State Exhibit, Wausau, Wisconsin: LaCrosse Society of Arts and Crafts Award and Tiny Treasures Award

2014 Wisconsin Valley Art Association exhibit, Wausau, Wisconsin:  Judges' Choice Award

2014 Wisconsin Regional Art Program, Wausau, Wisconsin:  State Award

2014 Transitions Gallery, Center for Visual Arts, Wausau, Wisconsin:  non-profit art association gallery

2014 Waupaca Fine Arts Festival, Waupaca, Wisconsin:  Honorable Mention

2014 Reaching New Heights Gallery,  Marshfield Clinic , Weston, Wisconsin; Honorable Mention/ Summer Show

2014 The 319 Gallery, Wausau, Wisconsin:  commercial gallery

2014 Northern Memories Gallery, St. Germain, Wisconsin:  commercial gallery

2013 Northern National Art Competition, Rhinelander, Wisconsin

2013 Wisconsin Regional Art Program exhibit,  Nicolet College, Rhinelander, Wisconsin:  State Award

2013 Waupaca Fine Arts Festival, Waupaca, Wisconsin:  First Place

2013 Wisconsin Regional Art Association,  State Show, Madison, Wisconsin: Chinese Fine Art Association Award and Tiny Treasures Award

2013 Wisconsin Valley Art Association Memorial Show, Wausau, Wisconsin: Judges' Choice Award

2012 Wisconsin Regional Art Program exhibit,  Wausau, Wisconsin:  Honorable Mention