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Why do I make art?

    I believe that all people have creative ability. Mine manifests itself through charcoal, oil paint, watercolor, ceramics and crafting. My most influential art teacher, Irene Sukle, encouraged creative exploration in all mediums in the four years I studied under her. She instilled in me a love and discipline for creating that I never wish to lose. I am a mother, Illustrator, Gallery Manager at MC Art Studio, Secretary of the Geauga Arts Council and Art Teacher for Creative Spirit Studios (my independent art business.)

    I have journeyed to South Africa, South Korea, Chile, Argentina and Peru. Travelling via backpack, bus, plane and boat to see what this world had to offer. From the Maribou Storks of South Africa, to the food and lifestyle of South Korea, and eventually a 4 month break from life to visit South America, I gathered memories, treasures and photos to inspire my work. There are special places in the States that I also hold dear to my heart for inspiration behind my art. 

    Living in Northeast Ohio, I fell in love with the woods behind my house where the hemlocks surround the shale and sandstone creek, I had always sort of known, but never noticed just how beautiful and cool the rock outcroppings were. This appreciation led to the series, "Paradise". The technique with which I began painting in oils has spilled into other observational work such as the "Glass Galaxy" series and various geological studies from my travels. In 2017, I gave birth to my son, Porter, at home in our hot tub (read about it here!) . It was transformative and empowering. Settling into stay-at-home mom life, I illustrated the book, "Inspired Birth- Affirmations for the Childbearing Year". Learn more on my Inspired Birth page.

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The natural world is a huge inspiration for me. I love to spend time outside looking closely at the vast array of colors and forms within nature.


I prefer to paint in oils or watercolor from photographs I have taken of my subjects and scenes. By closely observing details and color within my compositions, I often paint from the top of the canvas down, much like a printer does.

career highlights

Highlights in my career include running the gallery of a prominent glass-blowing studio in Northeast Ohio. And having my oil paintings showcased at the Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport in 2020.

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