About Me

Bio imageArtist Statement:

Surrounded by creative relatives in my formative years instilled a love for making art from a young age.  I’ve always been curious, but art has made me a more observant and purposeful person.  Making art keeps me balanced and alive.

Encaustics are currently my prime medium for creating, and oils a secondary one.  When I first set eyes on the huge encaustic works at the Ritz Carlton Hotel Lobby in NYC in 2011, I was mesmerized.  I knew this was my new direction, cleaving from success as an oil painter.  Encaustics are molten wax and resin, a revived art from ancient Greek times used over 2000 years ago.                                                                                   This luminous medium allows me to remain intrigued and excited to make art.  I self-taught at first, then took workshops, received grants in order to teach it and traveled to Santa fe, N.M. for professional development in it.  As a result, I have been accepted into many local and nationally juried shows, and received awards and commissions for this new work.  One of my works is currently in a permanent collection at the Museum of Encaustics in Santa Fe, and I now teach Encaustics at the Columbus Cultural Arts Center.

Biography 

My Fine Art degree is from Wittenberg University in Springfield, OH where oil painting and printmaking were my areas of concentration (with certification to teach art  K – 12.)   The Fall semester of my Junior year was spent in Salzburg, Austria studying art – intaglio printmaking.   Memberships include:                                                         International Encaustic Artists,  Central Ohio Branch of NLAPW (National League of American Pen   Women),  Ohio Art League, Collage of Women Artists, Dublin Area Art League (Ohio),  Faculty of Columbus Cultural Arts Center   

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2021
Jan. –July– Exhibition of 12 Italian-themed works at Lupo – an upscale bistro in Upper Arlington during COVID times.
March – “Flames, Forests and Fury” encaustic mixed media accepted into Bryn Du Mansion Show
March – One of four artists selected by Dublin Arts Council for “6’ Art Gallery” public art installation in downtown district.  Three Irish-themed works on vinyl to remind people to socially distance themselves the same length as the banner.
March – “Flames, Forests and Fury” encaustic mixed media accepted into the Ohio Art League’s Spring Juried show
June – “But I Digress” encaustic mixed media accepted and exhibited in Kansas City’s Stockyard Gallery show “WaxWorks” for a nationally juried show.
September – Four works in “The Language of Creativity” an NLAPW local branch show at the Dublin Art Council Gallery  (NLAPW is National League of American Pen Women – a league of professional Women visual artists, writers and composers).

2020
April – “In Search Of” Encaustic mixed media work juried into and exhibited in Washington D.C. at the NLAPW (National League of American Pen Women) National headquarters’ Biennial exhibition.  Sold.
June – Had three large encaustic mixed media works in the Faculty show in the Columbus Cultural Art Center
July – DAAL Chair for juried Irish Art Exhibition, won 3rd place for an oil painting entered.
August – Privately invited to represent Ohio and participate in an International opportunity to share “Letters from the U.S.” to Cuban artists, including  artwork.  The pieces will be combined with Cuban artist’s letters/ art in an exhibition in Cuba first, then New York City, then Ohio to bring fundraising and attention to Cuba’s artistic talent.  TBA for exhibition dates because of COVID.
November – Jan. 2021 – 12 small works at a group show at Marcia Evans Gallery in the Short North.  3 sold.

2019
Jan. – Feb. Solo show at Copious Restaurant and Music downtown Columbus.  Exhibited over 40 works, held an encaustic workshop and sold 6 pieces.
Jan. – Had an encaustic accepted into a Nationally juried show, “Survey of Contemporary Encaustic” through IEA (International Encaustic Artists) in Chaffrey Community Museum of Art outside of L.A.
March – Had accepted and donated “Moonlit Cove” encaustic for CMA’s “An Evening of Art” fundraiser
May – Awarded third place for DAAL Plein Air Paint Out for “Harvest Pizza” oil painting.
July – “Mother Nature at Work” encaustic juried into the Professional Division of the Ohio State Fair’s Fine Art Exhibition
August – Awarded People’s Choice for “Blarney Estate” encaustic in DAAL’s Irish Art Competition
September – taught encaustic workshop at the Dublin Art Barn

2018
April – Proposed, Co-Chaired and curated “Operation Monarch – Addressing Substance Use Disorders and Recovery Through The Arts” at the Columbus Cultural Arts Center.  Was one of four anchor artists for a month-long exhibition of 90 art pieces from over 60 Ohio Artists.  Programing, educational opportunities and advisory board were instrumental in having a successful show with over 300 guests at the reception.  Ohio’s Governor wrote a Declaration as well as a Congresswoman for bringing the difficult subject to the forefront in a meaningful way.
April – Attended and was an art demonstrator at the NLAPW Biennial National convention in Des Moines, Iowa
June – April 2020 – was nominated and voted in as 3rd Vice President of NLAPW.  Visited three times a year to Washington D.C. for Board meetings.
July – August – Group collaboration works in Central Ohio Branch’s show, “The Seasons of Our Lives” at “The Works” Gallery in Newark
September – “The Seasons of Our Lives” show transported to the Carnegie Library Gallery in Downtown Columbus. Six small encaustic works and a watercolor were shown.
September – Received a GCAC Professional Research and Development Grant to underwrite a trip to Santa Fe, N.M. for an International Encaustic Artists national convention with workshops and opportunity to see the Encaustic Museum of Art.
The Museum of Encaustic Art requested to have an encaustic work of mine to represent Ohio, and remain as a permanent work at the museum.  “Layers of my Dreams” remains there.  

2017
April – Awarded Best of Show in DAAL Spring show for “Gearing Up” encaustic work.
June – Taught two encaustic workshops at the Dublin Art Barn.
Taught encaustic workshop at Art shop in Historic Dublin.
July – “Remnants” encaustic mixed media juried into the Professional division of the Ohio State Fair’s Fine Art Exhibition
August – “Above the Fray” encaustic mixed media work juried into a “Hit the Hop” show at Studios on High in the Short North

2016
Feb. – Started teaching Encaustics at the Columbus Cultural Arts Center as a faculty member.
March – Awarded 4th Place for “Bottom Feeding” encaustic in Spring DAAL Show. Sold.
June – April 2018 – was nominated and voted into a National role in NLAPW – Membership Development.  Visited D.C. three times a year for Board meetings.
July – “Tuscan Trio” oil paintings juried into the Professional division of the Ohio State Fair’s Fine Art Exhibition
August – Awarded Best of Show for “Carriage Ride In Killarney” oil painting in DAAL’s Irish Art Competition
November – Awarded Honorable Mention for “Golden Sunset in Muirfield” oil painting in DAAL Fall show.

2015
Was awarded a GCAC Art Supply Grant to purchase supplies to teach encaustic workshops.
July – Taught two Full beginner workshops over the Summer at the Cols. Cultural Art Center.
August – Two encaustic works accepted into “Hit the Hop” juried show at Studios on High.  One work was used for the marketing publicity and it sold. 
 
2014
March – Co-chaired first Central Ohio Branch of NLAPW exhibition, “Parallel Arts- Women Create” at the State Library of Ohio Gallery
August – Awarded honorable mention for “Shamus Goes Shopping” in the Dublin Irish Art competition
November – Awarded 4th Place in Fall DAAL show for “The Way of Silence”

2013
July – Commissioned by the City of Dublin to paint a commemorative oil painting, “Dublin Through the Eyes of John Sells: circa 1804”, about the naming of Dublin.  Original hanging in DCRC, 30 framed and matted prints made for international dignitaries involved with the PGA President’s Cup Tournament held in Dublin.  Dublin Mayor unveiled the original at a city-wide celebration.   Dublin Life Magazine did an article on the inspiration and conception of the work.
August – Awarded First Place for “Picking Posies at Coffman Park” in the Dublin Irish Art Competition.

2012
July – “Sardana Dance”, original photo on canvas accepted into Professional Division of the Ohio State Fair’s Fine Art Exhibition

2011
May – Commissioned to make 3000 cards of the “Parade Through Time” to present to guests at the 2011 Jack Nicklaus PGA Memorial Golf Tournament at Muirfield.
September – “Chinese Textures” solo show at the Loft Gallery of the Cultural art Center.  Gave a Conversations and Coffee talk with iMovie produced of a personal trip there set to music.

2010
October – The Bicentennial Committee of Dublin and the Dublin Women’s Club commissioned “A Parade Through Time”, a moveable mural of the 200th anniversary of the city.  Was unveiled at a city-wide celebration the Mayor.  Posters were made and marketed.

2009
Chaired “Distinctly Dublin” art Calendar competition, had pastel painting accepted in the event and calendar
June – Awarded third place in Dublin Paint Out Plein Air event
July – Co-chaired DAAL’s fifth and last outdoor Art Festival in Historic Dublin, had a tent in it
July – “Heaven’s Sheen” encaustic trio accepted into the Professional Division of Fine art in the Ohio State Fair

2008
Chaired “Distinctly Dublin” art Calendar competition, had a watercolor and a pastel painting accepted in the event and calendar.
June – Had several works in “Nette’s Whim” Dublin gallery (sold two).
July – Co-chaired DAAL’s fourth outdoor Art Festival in Historic Dublin, had a tent in it.
August– Commissioned to paint large oil painting for Dublin Tavern.

2007
Initiated and Chaired “Distinctly Dublin” art Calendar competition, had Oil painting accepted in the event and calendar
May – Exhibited at Sunbury United Methodist Church’s Premiere Art Show.  Won second place for Oil and acrylic booth presentation
July – Co-chaired DAAL’s third outdoor Art Festival in Historic Dublin, had a tent in it.
September – “Touchable Art” Solo show with textured mixed media in Loft Gallery of the Cultural Arts Center.

2006
Feb. – Awarded First Place for Pastel painting in Bexley Art Leagues’ show at Grange Insurance
July – Co-chaired DAAL’s second outdoor Art Festival in Historic Dublin, had a tent in it.
October – Had dual show with Jerry Smith at Grange Insurance’s Gallery

2005
Commissioned to do two very large Hand-enhanced artworks with original photos on canvas for the new Corazon Health Spa and Restaurant in Dublin.
March – Made and marketed poster using colorized version of “Doors of Historic Dublin”
April – Awarded second place for “Child of Rwanda” pastel in Spring DAAL show
July – Co-chaired DAAL’s first outdoor Art Festival in Historic Dublin, had a tent in it.
 
2004
Started own Publishing Company in order to self-publish, “Arches, Turrets and Ivy” hardcover art book.  Incorporated original hand-enhanced images from Germany and Austria.  Marketed at book-signings and UpCity Interiors for a custom art program.  Started a website.
June – Chaired first-ever Dublin Art Stroll with DAAL and Paint Out
July – Designed “Doors of Historic Dublin” T-Shirt for Dublin’s Historic Business Association
October – Two works juried into Bexley Art Show at the Dublin Arts Council gallery.  Awarded fourth place for a watercolor.

2003
March – Had several works exhibited at Ursus Gallery in Upper Arlington.  Three watercolor pieces sold.
April – Awarded first place for “A Stitch in Time” pastel in the Spring DAAL show.
June – Accepted into Ohio State Fair’s Amateur Division for a watercolor painting.  Sold

2002
Joined Dublin Area Art League
October –  First solo show at the DCRC in Dublin.  Sold 6 pieces, commissioned for 4.
November – Had dual show with another artist at Gallery M in Dublin.

2001
Joined Bexley Art League
Entered first public exhibition with Bexley Art League at Franklin Park Conservatory. My watercolor won an honorable mention and sold. Other shows with them through 2008 included: Inniswood Gardens, LaVeque Tower, Leo Yassenoff Center, Jeffrey Mansion, Bexley Public Library, Bexley Mayor’s Council Chambers, Edward Jones in Bexley, High Road Gallery, Rhodes Tower, and Citizen’s Bank.  Also participated in three outdoor Fourth of July Bexley Art Festivals.  Was co-President from 2006 -08 until the league disbanded in 2008.

1983 – 1999
Worked and raised family, moved to and from Milwaukee, WI.

1982
Taught private oil and acrylic painting classes to adults from American Business Women’s Association

1981
Accepted into Amateur Division of Ohio State Fair’s Fine Art show for Mixed Media work

1980
Accepted into Amateur Division of Ohio State Fair’s Fine Art show for Mixed Media work

1979 – Graduated from Wittenberg University with BFA in Art.  Oil painting and printmaking were concentrations.

1978 – Spent Fall semester in Salzburg, Austria through Northern Illinois University’s Art and Photography program.