Graphite, Charcoal, Pastels, Acrylic, Watercolor
My main goal is to create affordable, beautiful, personal artwork. I believe you don’t have to be rich to afford a piece of original artwork. I use graphite, charcoal, pastels, and acrylic & watercolor paint and sometimes mixed media in my artwork.
I have been drawing since I was a child. Actually, the artistic touch runs in my family. I grew up in Metamora/Germantown, and hung out in Peoria once I could drive. My mother and grandmother are both artistically talented. For as far back as I can remember I have always wanted to draw people. I have been doing portraits for commission for about ten years now. I love the challenge of capturing one of the hardest subjects, the human face. My oldest son has been drawing amazing sketches for years. He is only nine but can capture movement and perspective. It is really amazing to see raw talent at an early age.
In 2000 I was accepted into the Art Institute of Chicago, which was a cool accomplishment, after two years at community college. I did not attend the institute, as I couldn't come up with that kind of dough. Instead, chose a college closer to home (Bradley University). I worked at the Peoria Art Guild for three years starting back in 1999. I attended three years of art school before baby number one came. I love being a mom, and my husband is the best partner anyone can ask for. We have two wild boys who keep us incredibly busy and laughing constantly. I am the coordinator for the picture person program at Armstrong/Bolin Elementary Schools. Picture person is a volunteer led art education program where the kids learn about artists and make art in that art style. The past three and a half years I have moonlighted as a waitress at the Rhythm Kitchen Music Café. I enjoy the creative, fun, outgoing people who come in to the Kitchen. My experience being in and around the local art scene has inspired me in so many ways, including the goal I stated earlier.
Ten years ago, I started my own business drawing and painting portraits from snapshots. I had previously been doing them as gifts for friends and family or by commission from people I knew. From Canada, to California, to Florida, to Nevada, to Nebraska, my portraits have traveled across the US and beyond. They all start in the middle of this cornfield we call home, and make their way to their new homes. Contact me with any questions about a portrait commission.
In 2012, I have been working on a new series of pen and ink abstract drawings. I am having a lot of fun doodling and just letting my mind wander. I have pulled some ideas and insights from my migraines and the strange visual orbs and auras that come along with them. I have been really getting into abstract shapes, geometric designs, and patterns. Gustav Klimt has always been one of my favorite artists, and I have been studying his work lately. I still love doing portraits and am hoping to push them into a new direction. I plan on venturing into the art fair world this summer.