Artist Biography

Art, but especially painting, has been part of my life since childhood. I get the creative gene mostly from my mother’s side. I am self-taught artist. I began creating commissioned paintings in 2003, and first brought my work to the public in November 2005 at the TN Fair Grounds Flea Market. In the spring of 2006, I began showing with Nashville’s Untitled Artists’ Group. I have recently created CRAFT - a creative community.

I was born and raised in International Falls, MN. It is a remote town in northern Minnesota on the Canadian border. My husband and I moved to his home state of Tennessee in 1994. I have worked in Nashville’s printing industry since 1995. I reside with my husband and three girls near J. Percy Priest Lake, where we enjoy spending time outdoors, fishing and swimming.

Artist Statement

Art is an important part of my me. It is a way for me to experience a creative life and a tool for maintaining my sanity. Acrylic is my favorite medium on wood or canvas. My favorite tool besides my paintbrush is sandpaper. I like to paint in many styles and I have enjoyed experimenting with a wide range of art and craft media. I use a lot of natural elements, found materials and text in my work. I like to be mostly fun and whimsical, but some of my works have a more serious side. I continue to try new styles and medias, and learn more every day. My current work explores the theme of the roles and emotions of woman, nature and words.

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