The oil paintings I create have a style that falls somewhere between figurative and abstract. I paint allowing color to define form, and as the painting progresses it doesn’t always resemble the original inspiration. I enjoy exploring the connections and associations between humans, the natural world, and Creator God. When these distinct entities interact I call it a trilaboration. I find many triads in life and incorporate them into my art.
Creating art is a transcending experience for me. I discovered this in junior high art class. Mr. Bill Vose and Ms. Grace Frielach-Grubb saw something in me that I didn't understand, but I loved their attention. They taught me to 'see'.
I am grateful for this.
I have tried and enjoyed printmaking, ceramics, photography, sculpture, but when I started painting I felt like I had found 'home'.
My instructors at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale subtly encouraged this path. Michael Onken taught me about oil painting. Herb Fink, my drawing instructor, once told me, "I can teach you everything you need to know about how to draw well. But you must promise me one thing; after I teach you, you must forget everything I have said and just draw." I didn't logically understand what he meant, yet his words resonated in my spirit and still do to this day.
I studied graphic design in order to support my fine art habit. I needed to find some way to use my creative tendencies in a career, and design seemed the logical choice.
The desire to absorb as much about art and design as I possibly could, led me to Chicago. I accepted a scholarship to The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and jumped into discovering city-life. I studied design, photography, painting, and best of all Art History. As students, we had direct access to works of the Masters within the Art Institute which was incredible. The few years I spent living in Chicago have had a lasting impression. I was so distracted by all that the city had to offer, I decided to return to SIU-C, finish my degree, and then go back to Chicago. Life has a current all its own, and I was swept away by love.
I got married, expanded my life, and joined together with my husband on a new adventure. Making art was set aside while I figured out how to walk along side another on life's journey. I watched as he discovered his creative spirit and set forth to feed his own 'habit'. We were blessed with two children to come along on our ride.
Like friends separated by expanse, the occasional opportunities to create art came along intermittently. Those visits were so familiar to me, as if no time had passed between their absences.
My compulsion to paint has been a perpetual faint voice calling me. I can finally respond and invite it back into my daily life.
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SKILLS & EXPERTISE
Landscape Garden Design & Consultation, Communication Design, Marketing,
Adobe Creative Suite, Organization, Ideas, and Small Business Development
Gateway Technical College
Certified Landscape Professional 2008
Landscape-Garden Design, Integrated Pest Management
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
BFA Communication Design 1989
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Undergraduate studies 1986-1988
Visual communications, painting and drawing
Heyer True Value Hardware
Lawn & Garden manager 2014 – present
The Starline Factory
Worker Bee 2010 - 2014
Gardener, marketing design
The Freelance Gardener
Owner 2007 – 2014
Landscape garden design & consultation
Migala Metal Designs
Co-Owner 2005 – present
Artist/Blacksmith Studio, architectural metal work
The Communications Resource
Design Manager 1991-1994
Create/manage production of marketing materials for small businesses and associations
Production artist 1989-1991
Graphic design production for small printing company
Scholarship Alpha Beta Hortus, GTC 2008
Scholarship Burlington Garden Club 2007
President’s Award – The Communications Resource 1993
Purchase Award Art Show – SIUC 1989
Merit Award, SAIC 1985
EXHIBITIONS AND PUBLICATIONS
6th Annual Creek Gallery Group Show
Crystal Lake, IL 2017
28th Anniversary Women’s Works
Old Court House Art Center 2015
1st Friday Art Show Architecture & Landscapes
Lakeside Legacy Dole Mansion 2014
Brandenburg Galleries Olivet Nazarene University
Expanding Borders 2014
4th Fridays Art Event
Starline Gallery & Studios 2014
We Love Artists Show
Spring Grove, IL 2013
Art of the Land Art Show and Benefit
The Land Conservancy of McHenry County 2013
Water Street Studios Group Show
Batavia, IL 2013
Creek Gallery Group Show
Crystal Lake, IL 2013
4th Fridays Art Event
Starline Gallery & Studios 2013
Grand Rapids, MI 2012
4th Fridays Art Event
Starline Gallery & Studios 2011
Art of the Land Art Sale & Benefit
The Land Conservancy of McHenry County fundraising event 2010
People’s Choice Art Awards
Geneva Lake Art Association 2010
M&I Bank Artist of the month
Lake Geneva, WI 2010
Lake County Arts Magazine
Profile article 2010
Lake Geneva Library
Artist of the month 2010
Winter Solstice Show
Starline Studios & Gallery 2008
SIUC Design Student Show 1989
2x2 Art Show
SAIC Student Art Show 1987
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