I am a mixed media artist living in West Bend, WI. By layering vintage ephemera with paint, various drawing media and found objects I tell evocative stories which speak to universal experiences as well as personal memories. 

I studied Graphic Design and Printmaking at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, WV. I am a member of the Cedarburg Artists Guild. I have exhibited in numerous shows and galleries in Southeast Wisconsin and Northern Illinois. My work has found homes in private collections all across the United States.

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Artist Statement

Early in my art career, I fell in love with printmaking because I was enchanted by the way an image would evolve and build with each new layer of ink. Gradually work, family life, and relocations made access to printmaking equipment more difficult. Experimenting with new materials, I discovered that physically layering actual papers and bits of collected ephemera into paintings and drawings allowed me to make images with a depth that I had never reached with traditional printmaking.  

My mixed media approach illustrates how a variety of moments define a total experience. The materials I use carry the stories of learning, recording, and processing: vintage school books, ledgers, hand-written correspondence. The materials themselves each have a life and history, which is then woven into the stories I tell by adding expressive layers of paint and drawing media.

The notion of the meeting place between private moments and shared or universal experiences is my constant inspiration. I love watching the wide range of personal responses as viewers uncover layers in my work, recognizing book pages or documents from their youth, or finding memories pulled to the surface by familiar patterns and colors. These very personal connections for each individual actually turn out to be common shared experiences, as viewer after viewer recalls similar memories and responses. 

My work continually examines the notion of creating spaces; places, both literal and imagined, that provide a sense of refuge. I am interested in how the creation of a personal space must be unique to each individual, while at the same time the experience of having or claiming these spaces is almost completely universal.


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Education:

Shepherd University, 1996
Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in Graphic Design and Printmaking

 

Current Gallery Representation

ARTspaceGalleryat John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI and Shops at Woodlake, Kohler, WI

Pink Llama Galleryin Cedarburg, WI 

 

Exhibitions:

2019    Painterly Collage: Group show at Cedarburg Art Museum featuring Johnson, Sharon Kerry-Harlan, 
             Sandra Pape, and Della Wells 

2018    Solo Show: Gallery 2622, Wauwatosa, WI

2018    30x30x30 Exhibition:Group show at Var Gallery, Milwaukee, WI 

2017    The Art of Collage/Assemblage: Juried group show at The Arts Mill, Grafton, WI

2017    CAG Annual Juried Event: Juried group show at The Cedarburg Cultural Center, Cedarburg, WI

2016    Our Everyday Life: Juried group show at The Cedarburg Art Museum, Cedarburg, WI

2016    Gallery Night and Day: group show at The Cooperativa Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

2016    Alive in the Arts: Juried group show at the Plymouth Arts Center, Plymouth, WI

2016    Architecture: Juried group show at The Pink Llama Gallery, Cedarburg, WI

2016    Making a Scene: Wisconsin Artists Organizations: Juried group show at Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum,    Milwaukee, WI

2015    Cedarburg Artists Guild: Juried group show at Museum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend, WI

2015    Small Art, Huge Impression: Juried group show, Pink Llama Gallery, Cedarburg, WI

2015    The Art of Collage: Juried group show, Frank Juarez Gallery, Sheboygan, WI

2014    Bits and Pieces: Group Show, Bohemia Home Design, Cedarburg, WI

2013    Telling Stories: Solo Show, Anaba Tea Room, Shorewood, WI

2012    Gallery Night: Group Show, Kindness Architecture and Planning, Milwaukee, WI

2011    Cedarburg Artists Guild Member’s Show: Cedarburg Cultural Center, Cedarburg, WI

2011    The Minis Show: Art Bar, Milwaukee, WI

2011    Miniatures Show: Cedarburg Cultural Center, Cedarburg, WI

2010    Solo Show: Leenhouts Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

2009   Gallery Night: Solo show, Broadway Theatre Company, Milwaukee, WI

2008   Little Pieces: Solo show, Freckle Face, Milwaukee, WI

Art Fairs/Tours:

2018    MOWA Chalk and Art Fest, West Bend, WI

2018    Old Town Art Fair, Chicago, IL

2018    57th Street Art Fair, Chicago, IL

2018    Free Range Art Fair: homegrown art fair, Grafton, WI

2017    Bucktown Arts Fest, Chicago, IL * Best in Show Prize

2017    MOWA Chalk and Art Fest, West Bend, IL * 2nd Place Artist Booth Prize

2017    57th Street Art Fair, Chicago, IL

2017    Free Range Art Fair: homegrown art fair, Grafton, WI

2016    Covered Bridge Art Studio Tour, Cedarburg, WI

2016    Bucktown Arts Fest, Chicago, IL

2016    Free Range Art Fair: homegrown art fair, Grafton, WI

2012    Cedarburg Artists Guild Holiday Art Fair

2012    The Arts Mill Annual Dinner Artist Marketplace

2012    South Shore Frolics Art Fair

2012    Hawthorn Hill Summer Show

2011    Cedarburg Artists Guild Holiday Art Fair

2010    Cedarburg Artists Guild Open Studio Tour

Residencies/Instruction:

2018   Artist in Residence: West Bend High Schools, West Bend, WI

2017   High School Sketch, Cedarburg Art Museum, Cedarburg, WI

2017   Artist in Residence: Silverbrook Intermediate School, West Bend, WI

2017   High School Sketch, Cedarburg Art Museum, Cedarburg, WI

2015    Paint Your Art Out: Cedarburg Cultural Center, Cedarburg, WI

2012    Collage & Paperworks Workshop: WMQFA, Cedarburg, WI

2011    Collage Workshop: Cedarburg Cultural Center, Cedarburg, WI

2011    Cedarburg Cultural Center Artist in Residence, Cedarburg, WI

2010    Collage Workshop: Tuesday’s Child, Wauwatosa, WI

Press/Recognition:

2017    Best in Show Booth Prize: Bucktown Arts Fest, Chicago, IL

2017    2nd place Booth Award: MOWA Chalk and Art Fest, West Bend, WI

2017    create! magazineissue 2