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My abstract pieces are “simple expressions of inspired thought.” My favorite works are extremely minimalist, using simple colors, shapes and forms to evoke a mood or impression. Many of my pieces are of abstract landscapes where I paint an impression of a sunrise or a sunset - or a moonrise or moonfall – maybe a field in autumn or the hills of summer. I intentionally leave the landscapes minimal so that I can leave the particulars to the viewers so that they can use their imaginations and put their own specifics into the painting.

My work is inspired by 20th century artist Mark Rothko, whose expressionist abstractions were deeply personal statements that sought to provide a transcendental experience. My love of creating art came a bit later in life – in my 40s – when I was looking for a new activity that utilized my creative juices and so began to paint after taking an introductory painting class at Lakeview. 

I’ve always had a love of color and have always appreciated how a single can of paint can transform the look and feel of an entire room. All my life, paint has been my friend. I just didn’t know that it would take me to a canvas where I would dabble in colors to evoke a simple mood or impression. 

As an artist I continue to enjoy hand-painting and designing my own notecard line, HeartART, which can be found on my website at My abstract paintings are on display at several Peoria area institutions and businesses, including the Studios on Sheridan and Exhibit A Gallery.

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