Art has been a major faction of my life for as long as I can remember. I grew up in Montana and moved around a bit settling back in Billings, Montana and have used creativity in some forms most of my life. I have always felt that if I didn’t do something creative at least once a week I would cease to exist. Art and being creative is a major part of who I am.
I began to focus full time on my art in 2017. I left a long career in the floral industry and needed something to keep my busy. I discovered alcohol inks and fell in love with their vibrancy and how they can be manipulated and yet let them remain loose and free. When I am working on a project and things aren’t going as planned, I tend to use whatever medium or trick I have to get to the point I am trying to make so most of my paintings and things have a bit of mixed media. Some of my favorites are Alcohol Inks, Brusho Watercolor, Encaustic Wax, Oil and Cold Wax and Acrylics.
I love to challenge myself and to try new things. When I don’t think I can do something well, I jump in with both feet and find a way through. I believe that is when I create the best and my favorite moment is when I can see things coming through and I can see then direction the painting is going.
I find inspiration in so many things, from my surroundings to my travels. I go through phases of things I want to work on. I will paint a bunch of animals and then switch to florals and back to portraits all in a period of a year. I am currently in the portrait phase of my journey. I do try to paint what is calling me to work on. I believe so strongly in challenging myself and constantly finding and learning new ways and new things to keep my art fresh and remain fun.
I am a contributor and instructor through The Alcohol Ink Art Community and The Fine Art Cafe as well as Crooked Line Studio. Sharing what I have learned gives me encouragement and confidence in my own work and I love it when a student finds their voice and their way through the art process.
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Inspiration is everywhere and I love to find it in the beauty of my surroundings. My world, past, present and future fills me with wonder and awe and it is my goal to create from those things that bring me joy.
I am a mixed media artist that uses all sorts of mediums from oil and acrylics to alcohol ink and mixed media. Finding my way through a painting is primarily what determines what medium I will use.
I have received several blue ribbons at Montana Fair and been juried into 2 of the prestigious Yellowstone Art Museum Auctions. I teach at a local art studio and am a contributor for the Alcohol Ink Art Community and teach some online classes through CreateSMart Academy.
"I long to make beautiful things. But beautiful things require effort - and disappointment and perseverance." - Vincent Van Gogh
"The aim of art is not to represent the outward appearance of things but their inner significance." - Aristotle
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