As children we are fun, silly and free.
Adult life is practical.
I have always been unsure where to draw the line between child and adult. If we are now adults, we were once children. But when did this transition occur? It happens gradually, sight unseen.
Art is a physical thinking process where I continue an internal dialog, drawing inspiration from my childhood and practicality from the present time. I explore the ideas of optimism and spontaneity through subjects, color and texture. I am moved by simple line, form, vivid color and texture. I hold tight to my childhood visions, and conjure optimism in the everyday.
Childhood is the source of beauty and innocence in a space where the world is still fresh. I see beauty in the living form, be it human, animal or nature. I try not to take life too seriously.
I believe we all must laugh.
Printing, Ox Bow, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Saugatuck, MI, Summers 2006, 2008, 2010
Screen Printing, Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, CA, 2002
Printing, Anchor Graphics (Columbia College), Chicago, IL, 2000
Illustration, Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Arts, Chicago, IL, 1998-2000
Textile Design, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME, 1997
BA, Political Science, University of Maine, Orono, ME, 1988
Plum Goods, Santa Barbara, CA, 2010 and 2011
Select Group Exhibitions
Sarah House Annual Show and Auction, Santa Barbara, CA, 2011 and 2012
Annual International Chicago Printmakers Collaborative Small Prints Show, Chicago, IL, 2011
Santa Barbara Printmakers, Annual Open Juried Exhibition, Santa Barbara, CA, 2011
Santa Barbara Printmakers, Members Exhibition, Santa Barbara, CA, 2011
Ox Bow Summer Show and Auction, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Saugatuck, MI, 2006, 2008 and 2010
Anchor Graphics (Columbia College), Monoprint Show, Chicago, IL, 2000
Maine Street Annual Gallery Show, Western Maine Art Association, Norway Maine, 1981, 1982, 1983 and 1984
Annual Sidewalk Art Show, Portland, ME, 1982 and 1983
Auburn Public Library Gallery Show, Auburn, ME, 1980, 1982
Founder and Curator, Specialty Retail Collective, Santa Barbara, CA, 2010-2012
Creative Director, Horny Toad Activewear, Chicago, IL and Santa Barbara, CA, 1998 – 2010
Studio Assistant, Lora Fossberg, Artist, Chicago, IL, 1999 – 2001
Design Director, Grand Group, Chicago, IL, 1998
Creative Director and Partner, Haupman & Partners, Portland, ME, 1996 – 1998
Studio Apprentice, Lajos Matolcsy and the Western Maine Art Association, Norway, ME, 1982
Illustration, Lucky Penny Press Poem and Arts Collaboration, 2012
Design and Visual Merchandising, Horny Toad, Best Booth, Outdoor Retailer Trade Show, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006
Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative
Santa Barbara Printmakers
Chicago Printmakers Collaborative
Western Maine Art Association