From a young age I have had an interest and talent in drawing and painting which has gone through many transitions throughout every phase of my life. I have also always enjoyed photography, which I finally started taking seriously a few years ago. My process for both my painting and photography is very simple and straight-forward: strive for inspirational balance. Capture interesting places and moments in time and make them as beautiful as possible. Since we can’t always be in the places we love,we can at least take the image with us to remember and share with others.
My works reflect both my interpretation of the world around me and my presentation of this world to the community in which I live. There are great photographs waiting to be found everywhere, everyday… but they are almost never found easily. I am keenly interested in my current surroundings and choose my subjects by what delights and captures my imagination and represents my effort to bring beauty to the eye and harmony to the heart.
One of my cutest subjects, much to his feigned annoyance (it’s attention, of course he loves it!), is my rescue cat Louden. His story: he was abandoned out in the country north of Jacksonville, Florida about 4 years ago. A family member found him really beaten up, very little fur and full of ear mites which resulted in him losing most of his hearing. Not long after he adopted me… and he’s been a big fluffy 17 pound ball of white fur love ever since.
I grew up in eastern Iowa, received my Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Visual Arts from Cornell College (Mt. Vernon, Iowa) and currently travel and create between eastern Iowa and Loveland, Colorado. Over the last few years I have participated in many juried and multi-artist exhibits, in both Iowa and Colorado. I have many images proudly displayed in businesses and private homes, and I held my first solo exhibit. I have ongoing photography exhibits at A Place To Land Gallery & Cafe (Tipton, IA) and at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art Retail Store (Cedar Rapids, IA). My images and paintings can also be viewed at my online galleries:
Taken at Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. I was struck by how majestic the mountain in the background looked with the reflection in the stillness of the lake. This is a wonderful example of my desire to create a “memory-photograph.”
Blowin’ in the Wind
Taken on a very cold, windy winter day in Iowa… it pulls you in so you almost can feel the wind and the movement of the tree and snow ~ the bright blue sky shows between the branches (which especially pops when printed on metallic paper)
Life is Good
My sweet inspiration Louden in his favorite sleeping position – up-side-down and always (always!) with a smile on his face!
Drawn to this abstract grouping of blown glass by the vibrant colors and movement of the shapes as if they melt together.
Acrylic and watercolor painting I did as a gift for my Mom inspired by her love of birds ~ made sure our homestate of Iowa’s state bird (Goldfinch) was in the mix, too! I thought it was complete but something felt like it was missing, so I painted the hummingbird on the mat.
This beautiful spring Tulip struck me as so amazingly rich in color and contrast I was instantly inspired, it reminded me of many paintings by artist Georgia O’Keefe.
Through the SeaGrapes
Peaceful and reflective… one of my favorite “secret” places in south Florida looking out at the Atlantic ~ I could sit there for hours and just listen to the waves and feel the warm salt air.
There’s just something wonderful about the history and feel of old structures and how they beautifully stand the test of time.
If you’re an artist and you would like to be featured in this gallery, please contact us using the form found here: Inspirational Artists Wanted