Artist's Statement: 

My journey as an artist began over 35 years ago.  I learned about art history and technique in college but experienced art by making it.  Early on, I was drawn to watercolor for the fresh/transparent colors and unexpected results.  Life is like a canvas of colors, shapes and compositions which inspire me.  I enjoy taking workshops in various mediums to expand my style and bring new ideas back to my students.  .  

I have been teaching watercolor to adults for 17 years and it is rewarding to see my students achieve success and forget their worries as they create art.Express Yourself in Watercolor, is located in Palos Heights, Illinois. I also work and teach acrylic and mixed media.

being a creative person is a gift that I never take for granted.



Educational Background

Moraine Valley Community College - Associate of Arts

University of Illinois at Chicago - Bachelor of Arts

Major in Organizational Psychology & Minor in Art History


Distinquished Alumni Award - Moraine Valley Community College

Studs Terkel Illinois Humanities Service Award - 2010

Volunteer Work

Public Arts Commission, Chairman, City of Palos Heights, IL - 2013- 2019

City of Palos Heights, Art Garden, Chairman - 2 years of service

Moraine Valley Community College Foundation, Board Member, Palos Hills, IL - 20 years of service

Palos Fine Arts, Board Member, Palos Park, IL - 18 years of service

McCord Gallery & Cultural Center, Palos Park, IL - 6 years of service

Exhibiting Opportunities

Palos Heights Public Library, Monthly Paint-Alongs, 2018-2019

LaGrange West End Art Fair, September 2018, 2019

Moraine Valley Community College Juried Show, Palos Hills, IL 2007, 2010-2019

Glen Ellyn Fine Arts Festival, August 2018

Williams Bay Fine Arts Festival, July 2016 -2019

Starline Gallery, Harvard IL - Exhibiting Artist, March & April Shows - 2015

Gallery, Lake Geneva, WI - Exhibiting/Selling Artist - July 2014-June 2015

McCord Gallery & Cultural Center, Palos Park, IL - Express Yourself  Exhibit featuring the paintings of my adult students - June/July 2014

Little Red Schoolhouse Visitors Center, Willow Springs, IL - Featuring watercolor works of my adult students - October 2011

Anchors Away Public Arts Exhibit, Lake Geneva, WI - Participating Artist - Summer 2011

Solo Exhibit, Orland Park Public Library, Orland Park, IL - Featuring watercolor, acrylic, collage, & photography - February, 2011

McCord Gallery & Cultural Center, Palos Park, IL

               Collage Collective Show - February 2009               Landscape Show - September 2008

              Faculty Show - August 2008 Essence of Color - February 2008

    Palos Plein Air Show - Fall 2004

Lake Geneva Paint-In Weekend, Lake Geneva, WI - June 2007 - 2014

Amos Alonzo Stagg High School, Palos Hills, IL - Exhibit & workshop for art students - Fall 2002

Springtime in Paris, Mona & Company Boutique, Palos Heights, IL - April 2001

Illinois Arts & Humanities Week, Palos Heights, IL - Demonstrating Artist - October 2000 - 2005