up on a farm in Nebraska gave me an appreciation of nature, and the
grandeur of wide-open spaces.
career in art must have begun in kindergarten where my teachers always
gave me extra art assignments to do. At the time I didn't know why,
but years later I concluded that it must have given them a better idea
of what I might be creating next in their classrooms. This continued
through the eighth grade. In my high school there were no art classes
so I studied art by correspondence with Art Instruction, Inc., the folks
who made the "Draw Me" Girl so popular in the 50's. Immediately
after graduating from high school I enrolled in Kearney State College
where one of my art professors began selling my paintings for me to
another professor who shared his office. Others began to buy my work
and I've been selling ever since. Wanting more art training I transferred
to the University of Denver where I earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
enjoy working in many different media including: watercolors, oils,
acrylics, pastels, collage, drawing, photography, digital art and more.
My photographic career began when, as Art Director of "Nashville Magazine" I was not getting what I wanted from our freelance photographers. So, I bought a camera and went to one of the best photographers in town, Joe Bomar, and asked him to teach me how to use it. I've been taking professional photographs ever since. At the turn of the century (2000) I transitioned from film to digital. The optillusion is an art technique that I developed in 2005. An optillusion is a picture that appears to change in some subtle ways as you view it from different angles. The only moving part is the viewer.
dedication to the preservation of plants, animals and natural communities
that represent the diversity of life on Earth motivate me to take pictures,
rather than specimens. My philosophy, "Man was created to participate
in the creative process" drives my art. I am always building bridges
between: Abstract, Realistic and Surrealistic images, emotional and
logical, right brain and left brain, metaphysical and physical, and
people who are discovering their commonality.
My work is timeless. I deliberately place subtleties in my art for you to discover with time. These include: textures, objects, details, relationships, optical illusions and hidden elements.
is but a dream; tomorrow is but a vision, the last minute is
gone; the next minute is not yet here.
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