I have been in love with art all of my life! Going back to when I was a kid, I remember my parents driving me 80 miles to the nearest hobby store so I could purchase sketch books, charcoal pencils, pastels, and various "how-to" books" that revealed all the secrets I was dying to learn! LOL! As a kid, I won various art awards and pursued my art education diligently but put it aside for various reasons in high school.
In 2013, I resumed my painting in earnest and plunged into the world of abstract art! My abstract paintings are known for their vibrancy, bright colors, and energy! During the COVID pandemic, I started mixing my abstract art with the vintage mascots of the schools I had grown up cheering in football and basketball as a kid in western Iowa, namely, Iowa State, Iowa, and Nebraska.
In August 2023, I was honored to have a solo art show at the SPLIT Gallery in Omaha. I showcased 24 original paintings for the three days of the show. It was a dream come true and I look forward to doing another one in the near future!
Thanks for taking a look at my artwork and photos. I hope you find something you love!
AWARDS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
Sept 2021 - Eide Bailey, a regional accounting and business advisory company, selected me as one of only four artists from the State of Iowa to have my paintings displayed in their downtown Des Moines offices for a full year!
Oct 2021 - Approved and fully licensed by Iowa State University. I am currently the only artist in the United States to have been granted the license to paint the vintage Cy Mascots.
Feb 2022 - Featured Artist. Cardinal and Gold Gala, Des Moines, Iowa.
March 2022 to Present: Featured Artist. Gateway Hotel, Ames, Iowa. Exhibit on display of my four original paintings of the vintage Cy Mascots.
July 2022 - Featured Artist. Cyclone Football Booster Club, Ames, Iowa.
Feb 2023 - Featured Artist. Cardinal and Gold Gala, Des Moines, Iowa.
May 2023 - Featured Artist. Mary Greeley Hospital Black Tie Formal Fundraiser for Mental Health, Ames, Iowa.
July 2023 - Approved and fully licensed by the University of Iowa.
July 2023 - Approved and fully licensed by the University of Nebraska.
August 2023 - SPLIT Gallery, Omaha, Nebraska. "Life, Color, Action" Solo Art Show.
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