I'm exhilarated by nature's beauty and vivid colors, and relish a rock, a leaf or piece of moss as much as a mountain or the ocean. Form and color from nature are the essence of my work which is created in the mediums of liquid dye on silk with wax resist, soft pastels, watercolor, and clay. For silk pieces, all colors are mixed using the four printing process colors: cyan, magenta, yellow and black.
Often, it is the simplistic nature of life I find most intriguing. Visual paintings are in my night dreams occasionally. One painting's inspiration came from noticing the natural occurrence when eyes are closed - the spots of color and shapes.
The mental incubation period of a piece can be short, from a walk in the woods to a simple pencil thumbnail sketch. It's always the new journey each piece brings that I enjoy. Final acceptance is where I feel my vision was captured, or I liked the new place it took me. Then it is time to give it away to the world, not meaning monetary terms, just free from my personal hold over it esoterically, so another human can hopefully feel their own unique vibrations from the colors and shapes.
I grew up in a family of 10 in rural Minnesota in the small town of Olivia. At age 12, we moved to Coon Rapids, a suburb of Minneapolis. As a teenager, my mom took me to art classes with her and we also enjoyed much family camping throughout my childhood. I'm very grateful to my parents for instilling the art of noticing nature's greatness. Having moved to the Big Island in 1998 with my family of four, I became enthralled with the vivid colors and large plant shapes of the rain forest, and the endless changes of the sea, which I try to save moments in soft pastels.
Past career paths have nurtured my creative skills, as a graphic designer, marketing consultant, editor, and small publishing company owner, with a pre-career in the nursery landscape field for a decade. These days I enjoy learning from students while teaching silk painting, soft pastel and watercolor classes, and being office manager of our family business, while revelling in my painting journeys.
My mission is to be wholehearted appreciation for each other's humanity.
My artistic mission is to light people up with the colors of life.