Artist Statement

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Several years ago, I fell in love with pastel painting and have stuck with the medium ever since.The feel of the pastel stick gliding directly on the paper, the way the pigment can be layered with thick or thin strokes, and the colors that catch the light to create a vibrance all are what make pastel habit-forming.

You might describe my pastels as realistic but painterly, as I try not to get bogged down with too much detail. My aim is to elicit from the viewer a similar reaction to the subject that drew my attention in the first place. At first, I honed my skills by attending weekly classes at Mainstreet Art Center in Lake Zurich, Illinois. Now, since joining the Chicago Pastel Painters society five years ago, I am inspired by so many excellent artists and by the CPP field excursions, world-class workshops and exhibitions.

I’m fortunate to keep a studio at the beautiful, historic Dole Mansion in Crystal Lake, Illinois. Thank you for your interest in my art!

 

Shows & Exhibits

2015 Art in the Barn (Juried) Exhibition. Barrington, Ill.
2015 Pastels Chicago 2015 (Juried International). Highland Park, Ill.
2015 Real People (National Juried).Woodstock, Ill.
2015 International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS), Albuquerque, New Mexico
2014 Chicago Pastel Painters (Juried Member Show). Chicago, Ill.
2014 Women’s Works (National Juried).Woodstock, Ill.
2013 International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS)
2013 Webshow 23rd Exhibition 2013 Pastels Chicago
2013 (Juried International). Highland Park, Ill., Pastel Society of America Award
2013 Real People (National Juried).Woodstock, Ill.
2012 Chicago Pastel Painters (Juried Member Show). Chicago, Ill.
2012 Real People (National Juried).Woodstock, Ill. – Honorable Mention
2012 Spirit of the Land (Plein Air Exhibit).Woodstock, Ill.
2012 Women’s Works (National Juried).Woodstock, Ill.
2012 Starline Gallery (Juried). Harvard, Ill. – Honorable Mention
2012 Lakeside Legacy “Stories & Mysteries.” Crystal Lake, Ill. – Solo Show
2011 Richeson 75 Animals, Birds & Wildlife (International Juried) Kimberly,Wisc. – Meritorious Entry
2011 Art in the Barn (Juried) Exhibition. Barrington, Ill.
2011 Real People (National Juried).Woodstock, Ill.
2011 Women’s Works (National Juried).Woodstock, Ill.
2010 Richeson 75 Landscape (International Juried) Kimberly,Wisc. – Finalist
2010 Real People (National Juried).Woodstock, Ill. – 3rd Place Award
2009 Women’s Works (National Juried).Woodstock, Ill. – People’s Choice Award

 

Donations

McHenry County Audubon Society 
UUCE Church of Elgin
Elgin Community Crisis Center
Queen of Peace School
Good Shepherd Hospital
Elgin Community Garden Network
Morraine Hills State Park

 

 

Awards

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Pastel Society of America Award
Juried National Exhibition, Pastels Chicago 2013, Highland Park, IL.

Jedi at Thirteen

Honorable Mention 
Juried National Exhibit, Real People 2012, Woodstock, IL.

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Are We There Yet?

La Petite Creperie

Third Place Winner
Juried National Exhibit, Real People 2010, Woodstock, IL.

The artist’s use of pastel is simply lovely, as are the identities she captures in her figures. The work reminds me of Impressionist café scenes while still feeling completely contemporary.” – Gregg Hertzlieb, Judge

La Petite Creperie

People's Choice Winner
Juried National Exhibit, Women's Works 2009, Woodstock, IL.

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Purple Pears

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