Mighty Oak

Artist Statement

I have alway loved nature. As a young adult, I started taking photos of nature amongst other things. I went on to earn an Associates degree in Photography from the College of Dupage, in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Then went to to Columbia College in Chicago and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. While attending Columbia, I took some classes at the Chicago Book and Paper Center, which is affiliated with Columbia. I was very drawn to Japanese Papermaking and it soon became an addition! I also took some Printmaking classes and was introduced to Botanical Printing by a friend and fellow printmaker. Another addiction was soon born. I have been teaching workshops in Papermaking and Botanical Printing since 1999. I have always been inspired by my students. I have recently become interested in Mixed Media as it is a great way to incorporate all the things that I love creatively: photography, botanical printing, painting and the paper arts. Oil and Cold Wax is a technique that I have been experimenting with and teaching for the last few years, as well. I like the peaceful landscape qualities that the medium conveys. I always incorporate nature into my art work. It is a way to take a little of that simplicity with me. There are endless possibilities for creativity with all these art forms. It is exciting to be involved in something that continues to present new avenues for experimentation and learning!

Events

January 10 - February 28, 2015

Whimsy Encore Show

Norris Cultural Arts Center, St. Charles, Illinois

March 7, 2015

Oil and Cold Wax Workshop

Fine Line Creative Arts Center, St. Charles, Illinois

1 day workshop: 11am-4pm

May 2, 2015

Printmaking Workshop

Fine Line Creative Arts Center, St. Charles, Illinois

1 day workshop: 11am-4pm

May 3, 2015

Japanese Papermaking Workshop

The Morton Arboretum, Lisle, Illinois

1 day workshop: 11am-4pm