At the age of 13, I was paid to paint my first mural. It was an outside winter scene painted in acrylic paints. I had always loved art classes, gardening with my mom and watching my sister paint and my Mom draw and paint. I just knew this one of my passions to be myself, and to show others where art takes me and to give my interpretation of oil what it takes for me to create my painting. I graduated from UW-Whitewater in Wi to college as an adult, and then I was mentored by a wonderful man named Lou Nesse, who owned, top owned Gallery in California, previously in Laguna Beach, CA. He advised me to finish college and go to NewYorkartexpo, and I just wasn’t quite ready for that, so I continued to paint, ten years later learning the world of abstraction through the world renown Terrence Coffman. I studied with him for over 8 years. He pushed me forward by learning the unknown ties of the combination of realism and abstract together. When covid hit, as everyone else I could no longer travel. Covid thrust me into starting a new series called the Covid Series-”Bringing the outside inside, this is a series based on my philosophy of how I am transforming my photography to imagery through my oil painting . I feel my internal being, my higher power guides me in my daily decisions and to creating a piece of his beauty. This is a very deep influence in the time and space of my paintings caused from the moment I planned my trips abroad and here in the US. I have taken thousands of photos over the years and picked out 22 amazing memories of planning, traveling , filming, and capturing what I missed the most traveling is experiencing and channeling that through my paintings of the personal works I lived and developed over the past 30 years. Working with abstract pushed me forward timewise and using beautiful pigments at its real form helps create a sense of awe, to just slow down, take a moment and just observe the beauty the outside brings to us all. If you feel like you're right in the moment or have a flashback of a trip you may have taken. My mission is accomplished. A short walk of fresh air, the beauty of the big sky, the waves, the smell of the ocean.
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