If an artist/art student, my primary medium or mixed media is:
I was born in Rockford Illinois. My family moved to rural southern Illinois by the time I was a year old. We lived in a farming and mining community and I attended a small country grade school. I always enjoyed art class, but it was not something that we had every day or probably every week. By the time I went to high school, however, my rebellious nature did not draw me into the arts but made me reject them. I never felt good enough about my work because I was in environments where realistic renditions were considered the signs of a true artist.
I attended Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in a non-artistic major and moved to the St. Louis area to work in my chosen career. It was not until many years later did I discover thrown pottery, and then finally painting, both of which were almost exclusively self taught. Travel both inside and outside the country exposed me to many forms of art, and I finally broke free from the idea that realism is the only way to make art. I am inspired by known artists such as Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Vincent VanGogh and Georgia O'Keefe, plus many artists without household names, particularly those drawing on the elements of the southwest.
I have been fortunate enough to have my works exhibited at Soulard Coffee Garden, Venus Envy 2005, Metro Design, and Mississippi Mud Pottery & Fine Art Gallery among other places that you can see on my my website's blog link. I continue to live and paint in the St. Louis area.