I was born in Tennessee, raised in Detroit. Mother worked in a defense plant during WWII. Grandmother, called Mama, lived with us. Thirty years ago, I began painting with watercolor, continued with gestural line drawings and now include acrylic; but always portraiture.
My paintings, greatly influenced by both my grandmother and mother, are mostly autobiographical: drawing upon memories, myths, Mama’s stories, and the camaraderie of women. I use friends and family as models, to create strong, close-knit women as central figures in my portrait paintings.
During childhood, Mama created for me a playful and imaginative environment. My mantra until I reached puberty was “Mama, tell me a story,” and she did. Mama told me many, many stories, encouraged fantastical imaginations, and schooled me in the patriarchal doctrine. I decided to become a boy, thinking they had the better deal.
Watching my mother and her five sisters cooking and feeding the men and boys first, waiting until all finished before they ate opened for me the world of feminism. While washing up, their conversation turned to their stories, then laughter so hard they would end up in “a good cry.” They were such a warm, loving, strong group of women; and their world was so compellingly mysterious, I wanted to be a part of them; I gave up the notion of being a boy.
My grandmother was the playful and imaginative Crone. My mother was the strong, loving Matron. I was the malleable, inquisitive Maiden. We were the Triple Goddess.
Ludington, MI 49413
ADN nursing, RN
College level art courses:
Fine Art workshops and self-directed study.
2015, Portraiture, 3 person show, AM Galleries, Ludington, MI
2014, Botanicals, Ludington Area Center for the Arts, Juried Exhibit, Ludington, MI
2013 Solo, “We are Woman”, Ludington Area Center for the Arts, Ludington, MI
2013 Solo, “The Dinner Party”, AM Galleries, Ludington, MI
2005 Manistee Art Institute, Juried Exhibit, Manistee MI
1999, 2000, 2005, Muskegon Museum Regional, Juried exhibit, Muskegon, MI
1999, 2000, Holland Friends of Art, Juried exhibition, Holland MI
1999, 2003 - 2006, juried exhibition, Gallery Uptown, Grand Haven, MI
1996 Solo, “Hero or Enemy” West Shore Community College, Scottville, MI
1995-2012, West Shore Art League May Membership Show, Ludington, MI
2012, Purchase Award, West Shore Art League May Membership Show, Ludington, MI
2005 “The Wave” Serendipity Award, cash award, Gallery Uptown, Spring Haven MI
2005 Second Place, cash award, Manistee Art Institute
2004 “Fairest of All” Serendipity Award, cash award, Gallery Uptown, Spring Haven, MI
1997 Third Place, cash award, West Shore Art League
1996 Second Place, cash award, West Shore Art League
1995 First Place, cash award, West Shore Art League
Spectrum Health, Ludington Hospital
Hackley Hospital, Muskegon
Numerous Private collections
2013, The Wave, magazine article
1999, WSAL Membership Book, cover art
1999, “Rise and Shine” Cook Book cover art; author, Diane Nemitz
1999, A Guide to Oceana, Brochure Cover Art
1996, Ludington Daily News, newspaper article
2013-2015, Open-Studio, my studio/classroom, Ludington, MI
2011-2015, Watercolor and Acrylic Painting classes, my studio/classroom, Ludington MI
2002-2015, Drawing, Painting, WSAL Children’s Summer Art Exploration, Ludington, MI
2009-2011, Drawing, Painting, West Shore Community College Academy of Life Long Learning, Scottville, MI
The Golden Key Art Gallery, Ludington, MI
AM Gallery, Ludington, MI
Art on the Town Pentwater MI