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Exhibits and Recognition



Just because my work is "pretty" doesn't mean it is not created while struggling for solutions to the serious crises in the world--even my little small world. I create work that challenges me to stretch and learn. That’s part of the journey: the mental process is circular. I seek to learn more about the world and my worldview through my work. Then I study my work to create questions about the world. 

My artistic drive is from within and is never completely absent from my words and actions.

In my art and as a personal outlook on life, I plan to never lose connection to my five-year-old child inside me.



I spend hours creating artwork and learning every day. I have learned through trial and error, and endless experimentation.

And I have learned from great artists. Artists whom I have been privileged to study under include: Jim Alinder, Gerald Brommer, Antonioni Catelina, Carol Carter, Joe Fettingus, Frank Francese, Homer Hacker, Paul Jackson, Margaret Keller, Nita Leland, Zenaide Luhr, Billyo O’Donnell, Steven Quiller, Charles Reid, and Janet Rogers.

I studied photography and fine arts in my undergraduate coursework at the University of Nebraska. I had four semesters of watercolor painting at the I studied drawing, painting, art history and Italian in my time at Santa Reparata in Florence, Italy. I received my Master’s Degree in Museum Studies from Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. 

I was a contributing writer to The Artist’s Magazine for years and wrote for other national art magazines. The International Biographical Center, Cambridge, England selected me as one of the 200 outstanding artists of the 20th century.



Plein Air Painters of Chicago, 2017

Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Arts 


Ohio Plein Air Society "Best of Plein Air Painting", 2017 

Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH 

Ohio Plein Air Society "Paint the Park" Exhibit, 2016 

Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, OH 


Design of Merit Award, (Branding for the museum) 2015 

Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH 


Ruby Award Winner, 2012 and 2013 

Ohio Travel Association, Columbus, OH 

Honorable Mention, 2005 

Juried Art Exhibit “Voices Within”, St. Louis Artists Guild, St. Louis, MO 

Juror Katherine Sherwood 

Eveleene Witham National Memorial Merit Award, 2004-2005 

Juried Art Exhibit “Wet and Wild”, St Louis Artists Guild, St. Louis, MO 

Juror Judi Betts 

National Merit of Excellence Award, 2004 

Juried Art Exhibit “28th Annual Juried Exhibition”, Transparent Watercolor Society of America 
Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL 

Juror Mel Stabin 


Featured on PBS-KETC, 2004 

Living in St Louis, hosted by Ruth Ezell 

St. Louis, MO 


Guest on NPR-KWMU, 2004 

Cityscape, hosted by Mike Sampson 

St. Louis, MO 


National Merit Award, 2003 

Juried Art Exhibit “25th Annual National”, Southern Watercolor Society, Nashville, TN 

Juror Pat San Soucie 


Selected for Traveling Exhibit, 2003 

Juried Art Exhibit “Primordial Water”, Art St. Louis, St. Louis, MO 

Honorable Mention, 2002 

Juried Art Exhibit “Big Splash”, St. Louis Watercolor Society 

St. Peters Cultural Art Center, St. Peters, MO 

Juror’s Recognition, 2002 

Juried Art Exhibit “Watercolor Works” 

Creative Art Gallery, St. Louis, MO 

Juror Homer Hacker 

“Esteemed New Product”, 2003 

National Stationery Show, New York, NY 

Award for the “Maladjusted Vegetable” Series product line 

Artist of the Month, 2003 

Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO 

Demonstrated art through the garden during the month for visitors 


Honorable Mention, 2001 

National Juried Fine Art Show, “Paper, Paint and Passion 

Creative Art Gallery, St. Louis, MO 

Award of Recognition, 1999 

National Juried Show, painting Light Behind the Trees 

Des Peres, MO, 


2nd Place for Limited Edition Fine Art Prints, 1999 

Gallery of Printing Excellence, St. Louis Metro Printers’ Association, for Blueberries! and Pansies 

St. Louis, MO 



“Bite Me: A Collection of Tasty Food Bites in Watercolor Paintings”, 2008 

Veritas Gallery, Gateway to Food and Wine, Chesterfield, MO 


“Contemporary Splash”, 2007 

OIC Corporate Headquarters, Peoria, IL 


“Emphasis on Motion”, 2005 

Bi-State Regional Offices, Arts in Transit Solo Exhibit, St Louis, MO 

“Flowers and Birds: Natural Friends”, 2005 

American Visions Contemporary Crafts, St. Louis, MO 

“Capturing Color”, 2005 

St. Louis Regional Commerce and Growth Association Corporate Offices, St. Louis, MO 

“Artistic insights Via Laundry: Paintings from Tuscany and Ireland”, 2003 

American Visions Contemporary Crafts, St. Louis, MO 


“Flowers of Missouri in Watercolor”, 2003 

Garden Gate: Artist of the Month, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO 

“Rhapsody in Blue,” 2002 

St. Peters Cultural Arts Center, St. Peters, MO 


Double Vision, 2001 

Collaborative Exhibit with Jim Sabo 

JCC Gallery, Chesterfield, MO 


All Over the Page, 2001 

Collaborative Exhibit with John Dean 

Genesis House, University City, MO 



Start with Water, Duo Exhibit with Tom Dieschbourg 2017

Brickton Art Center, Park Ridge, IL


Drawing Club, Group Exhibition. 2010 

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN 

Villa Spannocchia Exhibition, 2010 

“Painting in Tuscany” 

Hosted in the hills outside Siena, Italy 


30th Annual Juried Exhibition, 2006 

Transparent Watercolor Society of America 

Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL 

Voices Within: Surviving through the Arts, 2005 

St Louis Artists’ Guild, National Juried Show 

Honorable Mention 

Juror Katherine Sherwood 

St. Louis, MO, 


Color of the River, 2005 

Juror Don Andrews 

Creative Art Gallery, St Louis, MO 

Paper in Particular, 2005 

National Fine Art Show of Works on Paper 

Columbia College, Columbia, MO 

Works on Paper, 2004 

National Juried Show for Works on Paper 

Foundry Art Center, St Charles, MO 

All Media, Arts & Culture Alliance, 2004 

National Juried Show, Knoxville, Tennessee 
Juror Peter Baldaia 

 Huntsville, AL 


Brush with Color, 2003 

National Watercolor Show 

Juror Gerald Brommer 

Creative Art Gallery, St. Louis, MO 

Primordial Water, Art St Louis, 2003 

National Watercolor Show 

Irish Storm accepted into exhibit and selected for traveling exhibit 

Gallery Fleur2002 

American Institute of Floral Designers 

St. Louis, MO 


Splish Splash, 2001 

National Juried Watercolor Show 

Juror Charles Reid 

St. Louis Artists’ Guild, St. Louis, MO 


All Over the Page, Genesis House, 2001 

Collaborative Exhibit with John Dean 

University City, MO 


Loud and Clear, American Visions Contemporary Crafts 2001 

Collaborative Exhibit with ceramist Bob Huber 

Kirkwood, MO 




Mary and Jim Alinder 

Gualala, CA 


Big White House Studios 

Composer and Music Producer 

Paul Hamilton, Founder, and Producer, Avon, IL 


Christa Rehabilitation Center 

Seattle, WA 


Ciccone Vineyards & Winery 

Suttons Bay, MI 

City of St. Peters 

St Peters, MO 

Cleveland Botanical Garden 

Former Office of the Program Director, and the Director of Horticulture, Cleveland, OH 

Garth Auction House 

Delaware, OH 


OIC Headquarters 

Peoria, IL 


Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies 

Harvard Art Museums, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 



American Watercolor Society 

Chicago Botanic Garden 

Chicago Plein Air Painters 

National Watercolor Society 

Ohio Plein Air Society 

Transparent Watercolor Society of America 


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