Woman with Plant (after Grant Wood) 20 x 20" (2014)

Woman with Plant (after Grant Wood) 20 x 20″ (2014)

Artist Statement

I began my career as an artist working with fibers. Learning to make my own colors through hand-dyeing was the catalyst to my becoming an artist. I currently work in acrylics and oil on canvas, painting what I see around me everyday. I think in color and use color and form to express my vision of the things in this world. I find joy in the mundane.


I didn’t realize that I was an artist until late in life. But looking back, I retain strong memories of color from childhood: the thrill of seeing green and purple side by side; the frisson of chartreuse; my favorite outfit because it was yellow and brown. I loved to draw, but because I showed no special talent for drawing I was not encouraged and later on, did not encourage myself toward art school.

From the women in my family I learned to knit and sew and all my life have made things from yarn and cloth. This led  to a breakthrough around 2010 when I began to make quilts that were meant for display rather than use – art quilts. These can be seen on my Mixed Media page. The first such, which I still love, was Grains of Rice, where I added acrylic paint to the fabric.  I began hand-dyeing fabric and eventually came to using dyes on raw canvas, usually combined with paints. I haven’t finished with exploring dyes as art materials, but as of this writing (2015) I’ve been focused on painting.

Through classes at the Lill Street Art Center and the Evanston Art Center, I found my calling as an acrylic painter of everyday objects, people, and scenes.  I am currently in the Wednesday group at Ann Ponce studios where I continue to learn about painting from Ann and my fellow artists. I am also a member of the Chicago Alliance of Vsual Artists (CAVA) and the Art Encounter Critique Group.



Evanston Art Center, Studio Show, Evanston, IL January

The New StudioFriends and Strangers: Portraits, Two-person Exhibit, Evanston, IL  March-April

City Newsstand, Dressing Up: Wardrobe Series, Solo Exhibit, Chicago, IL May

Old Town Triangle AssociationCAVA Later Impressions, Chicago, IL April


Evanston Art Center, Chicago Alliance of Visual Artists, Evanston, IL October-November

Austin Irving Library, Northwest Arts Connection, Chicago, IL October – December

Benedictine UniversityChicago Alliance of Visual Artists,  Lisle, IL May – Juy


North shore Art LeagueInchworks, Winnetka, IL December

Niles Public Library, Twenty Paintings Solo Exhibit, Niles, IL December

Evanston Art Center, Winter Arts Expo,  Evanston, IL  November 20 – December 21

Noyes Center, Chicago Alliance of Visual Artists (CAVA), Evanston, IL  May 8 – June 1

Open Wall, Chicago Alliance of Visual Artists (CAVA), Chicago/47th Ward Office April 1 – May 29

Northwest Area Arts Council, Women’s Work, Woodstock, IL March 12- May 2

Northshore Art League, Kitchen TableWinnetka, IL, February 5 – March 12

Morpho Gallery, Emerging Artists, Chicago, February 20 – March 6


Ravenswood Art Walk, Chicago/Ponce Studios, October

Koehnline Museum, Gendering Desire, DesPlaines, IL, October

Curt’s Cafe, (curator and exhibitor), Fiber Arts Show, Evanston/Senior Artists Network, August

Light, Space, and Time, Botanicals Online, July

Beverly Art Center, Members Show, Chicago/Senior Artists Network, March-April


Art Lakeview, Chicago, October

Emily Oaks Nature Center, (curator), Nature Abstracted, Skokie/Senior Artists Network, July -August

North Shore Senior Center, Members Show, Wilmette/Senior Artists Network, May-June

Open Wall, Chicago/47th Ward Office, March- May

Pilsen Art Gallery, Blind Eye exhibit, Chicago/Surface Design Association, October

North Park Neigborhood Artists, Chicago, October


Old Town Triangle Association, Members Show, Chicago/Senior Artists Network, May


Fermi Labs,  Art + Science, Batavia, IL, November – January

Lincoln Center Galleries, Fabrics of Legacies, Fort Collins, CO, October – November

Chicago Cultural Center,  Later Impressions, Chicago/Senior Artists Network, October

Arvada Center, Sangre deChristo, U. of Colorado, Colorado/Studio Art Quilt Assoc., June – January


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