Artist Statement: The making of visual images has been a part of my life from an early age. I fondly remember the feeling of accomplishment in using the discovery process when playing with a variety of materials as a child. I recognize today that the feeling of accomplishment I felt then, means that I have opportunities of growth today. The nature of discovery, along with the potential for growth when creating, still fuels a passion to this present day. The art making journey has continued since that young age.
The present artwork uses paper as the vehicle for discovery. I found that using paper provides a basis for me to visualize the movement that I feel with my body and mind. The sensations I visualize come from life activities that start when I wake up, continuing with the disciplines I use as I go through the day. Paper has a transitory aspect to its nature, yet has characteristics of permanence. This mindfulness continues throughout the making of the work, from surface manipulation of mark making through acknowledging the first cut and fold.
Professional Employment: As an artist, I have taught full-time at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas, where I was an assistant professor. I have also taught full time at Newman University in Wichita, Kansas, where I was as an associate professor. I have taught as an adjunct instructor at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas, along with working in admissions and international studies. I am presently the Studio Manager for Clayworks at Disability Supports of the Great Plains in McPherson, Kansas. Salina, Kansas is where I make my home and my art.
Education: My formal education in the visual arts started in Salina, Kansas, where I graduated from Salina High School - South. I later earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas, a Master of Arts degree from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Southern Illinois University - Carbondale in Carbondale, Illinois.
The experiences of life continue to be my teacher.
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