What was your first artistic medium? Textiles. I believe I created an amazing frog in the second grade. :)
What do you think the greatest challenge of being an artist is? Finding an original voice/style. There is so much talent and artistic options for people to consider. The competition from the mass market which is priced low to the "starving artist" shows. I do not take my success for granted and recognize that I have to continue to improve my talent and maintain a fresh vision.
How did you get into creating art? Was there a specific moment when you discovered you are an artist? I have always had a creative part of me. I was interested in sewing in high school. Took a ceramics class in middle school and remember a charcoal drawing of a gorilla in elementary school that I was particularly proud of. However, in the beginning I felt that my artistic side should stay in the hobby realm. For financial reasons I pushed it aside.
My first public presentation of my artwork was a donation to a school fundraiser. I was present and watched a bidding war unfold. It was awesome to receive the support and to have a donation piece bring money in for the cause.
Where do you find the most inspiration for your artwork? I am often awestruck by color and motion. It just hits me at unusual times. I distinctly remember the beauty of a wave of color at the end of my son's baseball game, when the boys line up and say "good game" to each other. This particular night, with the sun setting and my raised position in the stands, I was amazed to watch this momentary weave of the blue and reds in the boys uniforms. It was abstract, fluid and beautiful. I have attended many games since and never captured that feeling again. So I have to keep it in my minds eye.
You work in a variety of styles ranging from abstract, to landscapes and florals. Do you have a favorite style or medium you like to work with? I enjoy working with acrylics because of the versatility. They are rich in color, can have the thickness for impasto painting, can be thinned for a watercolor effect , dry quickly and do not have the carcinogenic properties.
Regarding styles. I find it important for me to mix it up and challenge myself. When I return to a style I find it fresh and exciting. One of my favorite painters is Gerhard Richter who has these amazing abstract paintings that he creates with a squeegee next to a photorealistic portraits in museums around the world. The styles are extreme opposites which to me is a testament to his profound talent.
What are some of your favorite things about living in Lake Country? It has been a wonderful place to raise our family. The support for the arts is important to many people. I appreciate how many times people have reached out to me and requested commissioned work. It is an honor and a privilege to have something that I create to be showcased in someone's home.
When you are not busy creating art, what do you like to do? Well I have two other jobs which I enjoy. I work at Decor Adore Boutique in Hartland. Sarah Fitch, the owner, is an interior designer who is inspiring to watch. She brings such beautiful things together for her showroom and her clients home. Her vision is inspiring and fun to be a part of the magic
In addition I work for Casa La Bella, LTD which is a staging company. It is similar to interior design but we help to redesign clients home in preparation for the real estate market. The owner, Laurie Flatt, has a vision for how the home can be transformed to highlight features that would be appealing to potential home buyers. With a warehouse of furniture and accessories to choose from it is fun to create a feeling of comfort, uncluttered warmth to a home.
So I am busy juggling these jobs, my art, plus raising my kids. All good.
Do you have any other hidden talents? I can say the alphabet backwards. :).
What is your proudest moment as an artist? At Open Canvas, which is a charitable event for Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, I had many bids for a piece that I had created that night. William Eisner, of the Eisner Advertising agency, stepped up and purchased the painting as highest bidder. I respect his talent and vision so it was an honor that he valued my painting.
Outside of Ward's House of Prime - Delafield, where else can people find your work? Decor Adore in Hartland and Bin111 in Hartland.