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I believe that all people have creative ability. Mine manifests itself through mediums like pencil, ink, oil paint, watercolor, ceramics and crafting. My 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. University level art classes let
me down so I came home without a degree to continue pursuing art on
my own terms.
I continued to create art with a professional mindset in my 20s, honoring all the tools and techniques given to me by Ms. Sukle. 2011-2014 were full of exciting journeys to South Africa, Korea, Chile, and Peru. I explored 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. I also travelled special spots in the Continental US as well including Colorado, New York and South Carolina.
Settling back home in Chesterland, Ohio, I revisited familiar places from my childhood. 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. It was transformative and empowering. Settling into stay-at-home mom life, I illustrated the book, Inspired Birth- Affirmations for the Childbearing Year. You can learn more about that on the Inspired Birth page of this site.
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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.
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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