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Painting is my means of survival. Without it I am very grumpy. With it I am free. Add Comment


Seems like I have always painted. Though I have tried many mediums: printmaking, encaustic,sculpture and collage, oil painting always holds me in its challenge. No other material has the seductive quality or expressive physicality of oil paint. So I return to it like a lover. I am not afraid of color.

I grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and was the youngest in a household of thirteen. Having six brothers, three sisters and a mentally disabled uncle made chaos and challenge my way of life. My parents are devoted catholics, and I am still recovering. Watching people was a way of survival and I learned early how to stay out of the way. Drawing and painting has been my means of escape, freedom and peace.

After graduating with a BFA in Painting from Kansas University, I left the midwest for warmer weather and music. In Austin Texas I found new growth both in my work and in independence. My voice as an artist became clear. I participated in the Austin Annual, and exhibited my work in galleries and various art venues. Slowly my voice got louder and I felt the need to grow. I left Austin in 1988 and entered the wonder and beauty of the Pacific Coast. I have lived and worked in Seattle, Washington for twenty years and consider it my hometown. I have two daughters who bring me back to earth on an hourly basis. I paint with freedom and peace and relish every moment I am gone without being gone. I also teach kids how to see art in everything during summer art camp at my studio.


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