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Acrylic Painting

My abstract pieces are “simple expressions of inspired thought.” My favorite works are extremely minimalist, using simple colors, shapes and forms to evoke a mood or impression. Many of my pieces are of abstract landscapes where I paint an impression of a sunrise or a sunset - or a moonrise or moonfall – maybe a field in autumn or some hills in summer. I intentionally leave the landscapes minimal so that I can leave the particulars to the viewers so that they can use their imaginations and put their own specifics into the painting.

My work is inspired by 20th century artist Mark Rothko, whose expressionist abstractions were deeply personal statements that sought to provide a transcendental experience. My love of creating art came a bit later in life – in my 40s – when I was looking for a new activity that utilized my creative juices and so began to paint after taking an introductory painting class at Lakeview.

I’ve always had a love of color and appreciated how a single can of paint could transform the look and feel of an entire room. All my life, paint has been my friend. I just didn’t know that it would take me to a canvas where I would dabble in colors to evoke a simple mood or impression. 

Since 2003, I have served as Executive Director of ArtsPartners of Central
Illinois, Inc., a city-funded, not-for-profit organization that promotes the arts as vitally important to the Central Illinois community's cultural and economic development.

As an artist I continue to enjoy hand-painting and designing my own notecard line, HeartART, which is carried by several floral shops and art galleries in Peoria, Illinois. My larger abstract paintings are on display at several Peoria area institutions and businesses, including the Studios on Sheridan, Studio 825, Exhibit A Gallery and Emerson Creek Pottery in Peoria Heights.

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