Nature is a place of refuge and a source of healing for me, and I explore this connection through my work. This connection carries through in my work as both a fine artist and a children’s book author-illustrator. My paintings and illustrations are characterized by gestural marks, soft colors and a sense of light and atmosphere. Blurring the line between abstraction and realism, I have developed a painterly yet playful style. Subject matter might include closeups of animals, birds or other small creatures in a landscape settings.
I received a BFA in Painting from Washington University and a K-12 Certification in Art Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I have taught art and mindfulness in various public and private schools, art centers, and museums for over 20 years. Furthermore, my paintings have been exhibited in galleries nationally and internationally.