I am an artist living and working in rural central Illinois who loves exploring color and texture, and discovering new ways to play with them. I have always been a creative in my adult life, but didn’t discover my love for painting and sculpting until recent years. I found I had a need to express myself in a way that words alone could not. Fascinated with texture, I love seeing the evidence of the artist in paint strokes, mark making, and fingerprints in artwork. I love to explore and discover, to try out new things, to figure out how things work and why they work that way... A ‘why’ child to the very core. In a sense, all of my art is a self portrait because I am constantly exploring internally to discover the “why” of me. All of my art is born from that exploration. While I explore many themes in my work, bravery, hope, strength, courage, joy, gratitude, and growth appear often. I have a deep yearning to share my journey and to connect with others in order to encourage, strengthen and show them that they are not alone.