I’m inspired by the space and distances and transparencies of color and atmosphere found in the landscape. I’m particularly drawn to the architecture of the sky--its ever-changing cloud patterns, its extraordinary expanse, and its relationship to the earth and large bodies of water. I appreciate the immediacy of direct observation and enjoy painting on location. At other times, I work from memory. Landscapes are part geography, part human imagination, and letting a visual idea filter through memory and imagination can sometimes allow me to come closer to the essence I want to render.
I received early training and inspiration from the Marchutz School of Art in Aix-en-Provence, France, but am largely self-taught. I’ve exhibited in many local and regional shows, including Water: The Essence of Life at Milwaukee's Alfons Gallery, Great Expectations on a Small Scale at Madison's Steenbock Gallery, and the 2017 Watercolor Wisconsin show at the Wustum Museum of Fine Arts. In 2016, my work was included in the Racine Art Museum's show Honoring Fifty Years of Watercolor Wisconsin.
My work is held in private collections as well the permanent collections of the University of Wisconsin-Hospital and the Racine Art Museum. I’m a member of the Wisconsin Watercolor Society and the Wisconsin Visual Artists organization, and I'm currently represented by the Garver Gallery.
I live on a quiet street in Madison, Wisconsin, with my husband Doug Hemken. Our home is on an isthmus between two beautiful lakes.