As I was growing up, my family valued the outdoors, so I had a lot of experiences that were immersive in the natural world. I think that those kinds of exposure to sights and sounds and the raw beauty of our planet awakened a love of knowing, feeling and observing that feed into my artistic soul.
I have been making art since I can remember and had the realization that I wanted to make it my profession during the summer after I graduated from high school. There was literally a kind of Zen satori moment when I felt the calling. At that moment I felt a deep appreciation for the value and beauty of all things. I wanted to be able to express those feelings through making art. When I explained to my parents that I was giving up my pursuit of a career in journalism for one as an artist, they supported me , and for that I am grateful.
Undergraduate school resulted in a BFA from the University of Wisconsin/Milwaukee where I met my husband, Frank, who was an Architecture student there. After we married, we lived in Urbana, IL and I got a Master’s degree in Art Education from the University of Illinois, while Frank completed his Master’s in Architecture. It was only natural that we move to Chicago after that and I am proud to call Chicago my home.
I have lived and worked in Logan Square since 1986 and have a deep connection to this community. Immediately after buying our house I connected to other residents and artists in the neighborhood. I volunteered as an Advisory Council member for Unity Park for a few years, curated shows in the early days of the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival, served as a member of the board for the Logan Square Chamber of Arts, and acted as the Program Director and Visual Arts Curator for the Hairpin Arts Center. All the while I was making art, renovating our house and raising our two sons.
Like many women artists, there have been times when Art Making had to be on the back burner, but I’ve always returned to it. My commitment to my work has never waivered and my latest challenge, that of Breast Cancer Survivor, has only deepened the joy I feel when I can return to the studio.