Artist Statement





Artist Statement:

My paintings are completely my own composition. I capture the beauty of a scene and show people what I see. I create all my own reference photos, work from a still life or live model. Reference photos are only that to me. The photo serves as something to tell me what a bird, tree or person looks like, not something to copy. My paintings are from my adventures from traveling or out and about capturing the beauty of the condition of the day. Being an artist allows me to combine all my passions—travel, outdoors, music and art.
My work expresses what I see in in the composition. It is important to me that my work is representative of the subject and that is has dramatic effects through color and lighting. Although my work looks very realistic, I draw free hand and never project, trace or use a grid. If the viewer feels like they are in the painting, then the painting is complete.


Accomplishments:

2017 Art Rapids!—Wooden Beauty, Detroit Soul

2017 Frankfort Art Fair—Juried Acceptance

2017 Holland Art in the Park—Juried Acceptance
2017 Saugatuck Waterfront Art Festival—Juried Acceptance
2017 Saginaw Township’s State of the Art Exhibition—Mackinac Island Fort Tower
2017 Charlevoix Circle of Arts Juried Fine Arts Exhibition
2017 Shiawassee Art Center Emerging Artist Exhibition
2016-2017 Fenton Arts Council Board Member, Fenton Visual Artists Chair
2016 Studio 23 All Area Exhibition, Banjo Player
2016 Midland Center for the Arts 55th Annual Greater Michigan Art Exhibition First Jury Round,
   Bronc Buster and Mackinac Island Fort Tower
2016 Studio West Gallery’s 2nd Annual Exhibition, Sturgeon Bay Beach 3
2016 Studio 23’s Tall Ships Exhibition—Wild Lake Michigan, Empire Beach Sunset 1, Empire Beach Sunset 
  3, Wooden Beauty, Elegant Egret
2016 Fenton Art Walk
2016 Saginaw Township’s State of the Art Exhibition – Old Maple on Fish Lake Road
2016 Mid-Michigan Art Guild Spring Show—Elegant Egret
2016 Shiawassee Art Center Spring Member Show—Wooden Beauty
2016 Saginaw Township’s State of the Arts Exhibition—Old Maple on Fish Lake Road
2016 Kings Court Castle Art Show
2016 Greater Flint Arts Council Member Show—Holly Road Barn
2015-16 Mid-Michigan Art Guild Member Show Okemos LibrarySunset at Empire Beach 2
2015 Shiawassee Art Center Consignment and Holiday Show—Sturgeon Bay Beach 2, West Michigan Sunset, Elegant Egret
2015 Flint Institute of Arts Sales and Rental—Antique Truck, Banjo Player, Old Maple on Fish Lake Road, Autumn Leaves, Everglades Sunset, Empire Beach Sunset 3
2015 Muskegon Museum of Art Gift Shop—8 Pieces
2015 Muskegon Museum of Art 87th Regional Competition—Mackinac Island Fort Tower
2015 Grand Blanc Art Fair
2015 Fenton Art Walk
2015 Flint Art Fair
2015 Glen Arbor Art Association Member Show—Old Maple on Fish Lake Road
2015 Shiawassee Art Center Spring Member Show—Infinity Beach
2015 Shiawassee Art Center Winter/Spring Consignment—Wild Lake Michigan, Mackinac Island Fort Tower
2015 Greater Flint Arts Member Show—Frankenmuth Horse
2014 Flint Institute of Arts Fall Student Show Extravagant Media—Mackinac Island Fort Tower
2014 Shiawassee Art Center Consignment and Holiday Show—Banjo Player, Old Maple on Fish Lake Road, Mackinac
     Island Bible Church
2014 Lansing Art Gallery Holiday Show—Yellowstone Lilies
2014 Petoskey Art in the Park
2014 Flint Art Fair
2014 Flint Institute of Arts Spring Student Show—Pink Snapdragon, Old Maple on Fish Lake Road
2014 Shiawassee Arts Center Group Show—Frankenmuth Horse
2014 Crooked Tree Art Center, Petoskey Photography Show—Infinity Beach
2014 Shiawassee Art Center Consignment—Felohahn Farmhouse, Holly Millpond
2014 Greater Flint Arts Council Group Show—Frankenmuth Horse
2013 Brighton Art Guild’s Mother Nature’s Masterpieces—Old Maple on Fish Lake Road, Infinity Beach, Autumn Leaves
2013 Shiawassee Art Center Holiday Group Show—Pierce Stocking Drive Covered Bridge, Antique Truck, Felohahn
    Farmhouse, Holly Millpond
2013 Brighton Art Guild, Kaleidoscope Group Show—Beach Play, Frankenmuth Horse, Holly Road Barn
2013 Flint Institute of Arts Fall Student Show—Holland Lighthouse
2013 Marion Crouse Instructional Center Wall Mural Portion Volunteer Work
2013 Flint Institute of Arts Summer Catalog—Beach Play
2013 Flint Institute of Arts Sales and Rental Gallery—Holly Road Barn, Covered Bridge
2012 Grand Blanc Art Fair
2012 Frankenmuth Art Walk
2012 Fenton Art Walk
2011 Flint Institute of Arts Student Art Show—Morgan