Being a native Kansan has given me appreciation for simplicity — the clean lines of the Flint Hills, the shadows in a snow-covered field, the waves found in a blowing wheat field. These images are relaxing, peaceful and often what I like to photograph. When it comes to painting, however, I like to study the microcosms – the smaller areas of life – and all their complexities. I find myself attracted to the multitude of shapes, how they interact, and the energy they produce. The finished work also reflects my personality – I’m happy. I love life. I’m grateful.
Art and creativity permeate my life at every level – whether it’s designing something for myself, teaching my students how to design a presentation, or designing a school program that helps kids – it’s all about problem solving. I also feel my 20 years as a graphic designer—before entering the field of education— is reflected in my work.
B.A., Art, Bethel College
B.S., Elementary Education, Fort Hays State University
M.S., Special Education (gifted), Fort Hays State University
Ed.S., School Psychology, Emporia State University
- Inducted into National Watercolor Society, 2019
- Inducted into Kansas Watercolor Society, 1988
- Kansas Five-State Watercolor Exhibition
- Kansas Advisory Committee on Hispanic Affairs Art Exhibition, Best of Show
- Kansas Artists Postcard Competition Series X
Design awards include:
- CASE Award – Bethel College Calendar
- DeRose Hinkhouse Communications Award – Mennonite Exhibit Design
- American Association of Botanic Gardens and Arboreta Award – Identity system for Dyck Arboretum of the Plains
- Mead Graphic Arts National Competition – Hesston College Viewbook