Artist's Statement and Bio
We all share a special connection with the power and beauty of nature.
Each of us can recall incredible moments that we’ve spent outdoors among the flowers, in the presence of a special tree, enclosed in a forest, or made small by the immensity of mountains. We’ve all experienced the peace and healing that nature can bring us.
Seasons change, flowers fade, and time is always moving forward. The miraculous moments we share in nature’s amazing garden get left behind as we carry on with our busy urban lives.
I paint in an attempt to stop time and to capture the mysterious vitality of those special, transient moments in the natural world. I want to bring these visions indoors as inspiring reminders of our intimate connection to nature and the unforgettable events of great beauty in our lives.
Since I moved to the Seattle area from the Midwest more than 20 years ago, I have been in love with the mossy green forests and misty mountains of the Pacific Northwest. I’ve hiked and climbed and had many adventures throughout the Cascades. I am also an enthusiastic gardener. I’ve visited many amazing gardens in the Northwest and in England. I use my own beautiful Japanese garden as a resource for many of my paintings.
After earning a BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, I worked in the Seattle area for many years as a graphic designer, art director, and children’s software illustrator. I have been a full-time watercolor artist since 2007. I love the ongoing challenge and many variables that make watercolor painting an ever-changing process of endless learning.
I am a member of the Northwest Watercolor Society (NWWS) and my artwork has been featured in many locations and art shows throughout the Seattle area. I live in Redmond, Washington with my husband and two children.