Artist Statement

"I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and have known since before I could sign my name that I would be an artist. In 1980 I received my BFA with Honors in Drawing from the California College of Arts and Crafts, and in 1983 I moved to Madison, Wisconsin. Since then my work has been exhibited (regionally, nationally, and internationally), honored with awards, and has been purchased for numerous private, and corporate collections. In 2001 I moved my home and studio out of the city of Madison and into the rolling hills of rural Black Earth, Wisconsin, where I currently live.

Although I am fascinated with the patterns, textures and geometry of jewelry and origami, I find that my greatest inspiration comes through an intimate relationship with nature. When drawing and painting, much time is spent in observation as I work toward a realistic representation that has an ethereal quality and a sense of depth and the infinite. My work has been described as, 'strongly rendered with a subtle hint of Impressionism.' My interests are varied. I also create beaded and paper jewelry, and origami ornaments, boxes, and reliefs. Still, my first love is for the fine arts. My specialties are florals and naturescapes, and I am most noted for my capacity to create stunning images in watercolor and pastel."

Article in the Sentinel, Metuchen, NJ, 9-18-13
Article in the News Herald, Marshfield , WI, by Harry Toufar 1-2-09