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Artist Statement

I paint highly realistic still lifes that are composed of disparate objects placed together to create a narrative. I approach my work like an explorer looking for meaning in the physical world through the things people interact with. As artifacts of human evolution, objects have connections to history, culture, beliefs, and subjective experience. When placed in relation to one another, objects take on symbolic meanings that allow me to examine a wide variety of subjects and ideas.

My artistic process begins with singling out an object I want to work with. One that intrigues me, connects with me or piques my curiosity. With the intention of "finding a story," I then intuitively choose other objects by placing them in context with the original object based on what seems to feel ‘right’ together. After many combinations and adjustments, I arrive at a composition that deepens, shifts or clarifies my perspective in some way. Finally, I depict the resulting scene with great detail. It is a slow process that allows my thoughts and feelings to surface with minimal outside influence. The stories that emerge are often unexpected even to me.

Ultimately, painting helps me make sense of the world around me. I hope my work is viewed as an invitation to find personal connections to the narratives and provides a mechanism for reflection.

Bio

I was born and raised in western Michigan and excelled in drawing from an early age. I began working professionally as a graphic designer in 1973 at the age of 16 and went on to have a distinguished 47-year career as an award-winning Designer, Art Director and Creative Director – working mostly for advertising agencies. I started painting in 2004 but found it difficult to pursue while maintaining such a demanding career. As a consequence, I produced only a few paintings until I retired from advertising In 2020 and began painting on a regular basis. Though I’ve taken an introductory painting class at a local college in Nashville, I am a self-taught painter.

My photorealistic still lifes are heavily influenced by my experience in advertising. As a designer/art director, I crafted brand stories through visual design. As an artist, I create my own stories through narrative still lifes using man-made objects. The look of my paintings is the result of styling and lighting techniques I learned from the hundreds of photo shoots I directed. I approach my work like an explorer looking for meaning in the physical world through the things people interact with.

Exhibitions

 

2021   Narrative Still Life Exhibition, Catholic Art Institute, Chicago, IL, Exhibition Judge: Liz Beard

 

2021  ViewPoint 53 Exhibition, Cincinnati Art Club’s National Juried Art Competition, Cincinnati, OH, Exhibition Judge: John Michael Carter

 

2007  Asheville Arts Council, Asheville, NC, Juried Group Show

Publications

2021  Artists Over 60 Competition, Artist Magazine, Finalist (forthcoming in March 2022)

 

2021  National Artistic Excellence Competition, Southwest Art Magazine, Runner Up

Memberships

American Women Artists, americanwomenartists.org

Oil Painters of America, oilpaintersofamerica.com