As a sculptor of animals, my work is influenced by my strong academic background in both animal behavior (ethology) from Purdue University, and anatomy… but also interpreted with a touch of whimsy and a generous dose of anthropomorphism. My work is found in private and public collections throughout the country, as well as Canada and various European nations. I am proud to be a long-time member of both the American Women Artists (Master Signature member) and the Society of Animal Artists (Signature member) - and am honored to serve both organizations as a member of the Executive board as Treasurer.
I have been casting my work since 2000, and have participated in many national and international exhibitions since that time including: the Society of Animal Artists Annual Exhibitions; the Annual Awards Exhibitions of the National Sculpture Society,; Birds in Art at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum; Sculpture in the Park in Loveland, CO; and many more. My larger sculptures can be found in city parks, sculpture and botanical gardens, public libraries, and other public displays from Summerville, SC to the Na Aina Kai Botanical Gardens on the island of Kauai, HI. My most recent public installation was of a life-sized gold-miner’s donkey, titled “Over-worked and Under-paid” in Benson Sculpture Garden, Loveland, CO. In the autumn of 2019, four of my sculptures will also be on display in a very special event in honor of Audubon’s 200th birthday at the Cincinnati Museum Center in Cincinnati, OH.
I grew up in the lake country of northern Illinois, where I had many pets and had the benefit of having a father who was an avid hunter and fisherman. As he would be cleaning his birds, he would hand me the wings, legs and feet, and heads to study. I have always been immersed in a world of animals. These days, one of my greatest pleasures is photography… and interpreting my photos and experiences in both my sculpture and two-dimensional work including scratchboard and gouache. My husband, Bob, and I live on 35 scenic acres in the foothills of Colorado just west of Loveland, where the wildlife is always around providing inspiration.