Color is my favorite element in any painting. I love both the brilliant and subtle in terms of hue and depth. Because I think color is the emotional element in a painting, I use it to stimulate a response. I work often in series with fauna and flora, landscape, still life, figurative, and often en Plein Air. I use a glazing technique with a variety of mediums and start my work with a drawing but often paintings take on a life of their own in route of completion. “Ideas flicker like migrating birds, some must be fully explored and others must escape into their own journey”.
Born to a non-artistic family, I am privileged to have earned several awards for my art. I won finalist status on “Country Living”, a collage, through The Artist’s Magazine art competition for 2008; feature in the Art-Exchange’s New York Art Expo, June 2007 show and Art-Exchange’s Las Vegas Expo, September 2006; Nebraska Mother’s Association, 2002, first place winner for “Tea and Roses”: Gwen McKenzie Fellowship Award, 2006; Association of Nebraska Art Clubs, Award Of Excellence for “Country Living” in 2005; Silver Palette show with Bellevue Artist’s Association, February 2005 for “Fury in the Eyes” second place; Silver Palette show, February 2005, for “Purple Majesty” an Honorable mention; Genie Schaffer Scholarship, Omaha Artists Inc., February 2005; Certificate of Appreciation, Omaha Artists Inc., Publicity Chairperson and for Art Show Chairperson 2004; Association of Nebraska Art Clubs, Honorable Mention for “Purple Majesty” in 2004 by Omaha Artists Inc; Jewish Community Center Show, Spring Show, Honorable Mention, for a watercolor titled “Variegated Beauty” 2004; Nebraska State Sarpy County Fair, First Place, for a mixed media piece called “Spring Into Color,”, 2003; Association of Nebraska Art Clubs, Award of Excellence for the collage titled “Country Living” 2003; American Mother’s Incorporated, second place for “Tea and Roses,” a watercolor in 2002; Nebraska Mothers Association, First Place, for a watercolor titled, “Tea and Roses” 2002; Silver Palette show for Bellevue Artist’s Association, First Place, 2001; the Opal Parmentor Fellowship Award, from Omaha Artist’s Inc. February 2001; the prestigious Grumbacher Award in 2000; Hillmer Art Gallery, Fourth Place winner for ”Marquette Michigan Lighthouse” in October 2000 ; Golden Key National Honor Society, 1996 to present; Emma Butz Tidball Scholarship in 1998; the Kay Crawford Scholarship in 1997-1998; the SAP Scholarship in 1996; the Margaret Naylor Scholarship from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1995-1996; and Semi-finalist in the National Poetry Society contest for “Semi-Sweet Morsels” in 1996.
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