Size: 12"W x 12"H x 0.75"D
Year Created: 2018
The goal with my floral and nature based work is to celebrate the different seasons. I find that I especially appreciate the change of seasons in Ann Arbor, after spending 17 years in Florida where the seasons all blend together with little change in temperature. Over the years I’ve noticed that it is easy to miss the little pleasures all around us when life gets busy. I try to stop every now and then to appreciate the beauty of life and nature and capture the moment in my mind so that I can convey the energy of life and its exceptional beauty onto my canvas to share with others.
I’m a self-taught artist, wife, and mother. Art has played a big part in my life since early childhood and I have been drawing and painting for as long as I can remember. My passion for art was fueled by an inspirational high school art teacher who gave me the confidence to keep moving forward and experiment with my creativity. I spent most of my young adult life in central Florida where I was inspired by tropical or coastal landscapes, but now that I’m living in the Midwest I find my inspirations changing to fit my new surroundings. Aside from traditional paintings, I love creating silly children’s art, fun cartoon like pop art and mixed media pieces. When I step back and laugh out loud with a big grin on my face, I know that I am accomplishing my goal. Evoking laughter or a smile leaves me feeling great, and that is a feeling I strive to share with others! My favorite medium is acrylic because it is water soluble and easy to work with. I enjoy painting on canvas and wood with brushes and palette knives. Using different tools and supplies gives me a feeling of adventure and freedom and helps promote creativity. I reside in Ann Arbor, Michigan with my husband of eighteen years Rob, son Cole, and cat Lovebug.