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"The three qualities I admire in the poetry I like best are: Accuracy, Spontaneity, Mystery."
Elizabeth Bishop Poet Laureate 1949-50
Telluride mountains, hay fields in the south of France, rice paddies in Nepal, religious ceremonies in India, sunset in Mongolia-I have been privileged to paint en plein air in remarkable destinations. Living in Nepal and China for 15 years and now back in the states, whether I'm in the studio or out in the landscape-I’m working to capture the stunning color, the light quality and the juxtaposition of form and atmosphere.
As a medical illustrator I worked primarily in black and white for 25 years illustrating surgical procedures. While not exactly coffee table books, I was a best seller on the surgical textbook circuit. For years I spent my days in operating rooms (like being a courtroom artist, but the defendant is unconscious). Now working in color, it feels like every painting day is a celebration.
Master of Associated Medical Sciences in Biocommunication Arts, University of Illinois
Bachelor of Arts, Indiana University
Daniel Greene Anthony Ryder Albert Handell Ron Rencher Mike Malm
Carol Marin Henry Yan David Shevlino
Member's Juried Show Oak Park Illinois November 2015
Palette and Chisel Plein Air Painters of Chicago, group show fall 2015
Oak Park Art League Poses second place and people's choice Oak Park Illinois January 2015
Oak Park Art League Body Language first place in group show Oak Park Illinois February 2014
Oak Park Art League Poetry of Place third place in group show Oak Park Illinois April 2014
Palette and Chisel Plein Air Painters of Chicago, group show fall 2013
Palette and Chisel Plein Air Painters of Chicago, group show fall 2012
Edgewater Historical Society Plein Air Painters of Chicago, group show fall 2012
Carriage House Juried Exhibition Oak Park Illinois, fall 2012
Palette and Chisel Plein Air Painters of Chicago, group show fall 2011
Edgewater Historical Society Plein Air Painters of Chicago, group show fall 2011
AhHaa School Beneath the Surface solo exhibition Telluride Colorado September 2011
Oak Park Art League Body Language group show Oak Park Illinois June 2011
Artist Magazine 2009 Annual Art Competition
In June 2010 I was the featured “Competition Spotlight” in the magazine.
TaiTai Gallery, Beijing Boxes solo exhibition Beijing China May/June 2009
Beijing National Gallery XinJiang Artists group show December 2008
Artist Magazine 2008 Annual Art Competition featured web artist of the month Nov 2009
Scottsdale Artists School- 2008 Beaux Arts Festival- Fresh Paint Show
The Richeson 75: Small Works Exhibition 2008
National Association of Women Artists Small Works Exhibition 2008
Artist Magazine 2007 Annual Art Competition featured calendar artist
Yellow Bridge International Artists Group solo exhibition Sanlitun, Beijing, China 2008
Solo and Group Shows