The Journey Begins

My creative journey started as a child when I would take Saturday morning craft class at a local craft shop. At these classes we would paint, assemble, glue all kinds of things to projects. When painting I always strove to add extra texture and details to my pieces.

When I was in my twenties I spent a lot of time in nature and picked up watercolor painting. I loved sharing this with campers as a way to observe nature. I found my method of choice was alla prima painting. I loved the flow of the paint and the ability to add texture and layer colors for interest.

I experienced a pivotal point around 2013 when I and a couple of friends participated in a Create weekend workshop. We took a class with an experimental artist working in collage. She was also teaching an alcohol ink workshop and had a color chart displayed in the classroom. I was immediately attracted to the vibrant colors and knew I had to paint with them. Since then I have focused on painting with alcohol inks, and I am proud to be a contributing member of the very first e-book Alcohol Inks: How It Is Done. My artwork can be found in a local midwest shop called Art Happy, and I will be holding an alcohol ink art exhibit in Ankeny, Iowa in the fall.

I love painting with these inks and teaching others how to play with them as well. They are the perfect medium for playing with the push and pull between loose and controlled painting. I can’t wait to see the adventures in painting these inks will take me next. Thanks for joining me on this grand adventure!

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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