I am from the northernmost tip of the Leelanau Peninsula in northern Michigan--the Port Oneida farm district, which is part of the Sleeping Bear Dunes national lakeshore. I spent my early years studying the palette of the landscape along the shores of Lake Michigan – the rocks and boulders in particular – watching the glistening rocks of summer change into foreboding, predatory forms under the ice in winter. Extremely near-sighted as a child, with a huge distaste for wearing glasses, I used my imagination to give definition to shapes. I needed to do the work of outlining them in my mind, in order to keep them from blurring into each other uncontrollably. This outlining work has become an integral part of my painting lexicon; it enables me to describe the ways in which objects support or abandon one another in order to create an intriguing balance and tension.
I have been painting and showing my large-scale abstract oil paintings for over 20 years.