I use Venetian Plaster, acrylic paints and gold leaf to create atmospheric landscapes. Color and movement drive the expressionist brush stokes. Quiet simplicity at first glance is overtaken by a complex aura when examining the layers.
I am an Abstract and Impressionist painter from Chicago, USA who is currently based in Munich, Germany. My focus is creating mixed media paintings that evoke mystery and mood with their atmospheric quality. I use a variety of materials and tools to create texture; this includes my bare hands. I paint intuitively and follow the direction that each stroke of the knife, dab of the brush or swipe of my finger takes me.
Through my work, I hope to make a true connection with the viewer using color and texture to suggest the interaction of energy and calm // observing and feeling // actual and exaggerated.
Beginning with my first drawing class in college, I knew that I wanted to live my life as an artist and earned a BA of Studio Art. Though if I'm really honest, my love of painting blossomed as a child watching Bob Ross on PBS Saturday mornings.
My obsession with color theory began while painting “en plein air” in Monet’s gardens and around the French countryside. I spent a total of 5 months in France studying the Impressionism technique of capturing light and atmosphere directly from nature with inventive color.
As much as I love to travel, I believe it's important to have beauty and inspiration surround you at home. I founded and grew Interior Artistry (1999 to 2016) as a specialty painting company using walls as my canvas. I created murals and innovative paint finishes in many homes. To compliment my fine art background and instinctive knowledge of home spaces, I continued my education by studying Interior Design. I had the opportunity to design home projects around Chicago, including kitchen and bath transformations.