Probably all of us can pinpoint moments in our lives that caused an abrupt change of direction, leading us on a distinct future course. My first high school art class was such a moment. From the minute I drew my first portrait of a classmate, I was hooked on the limitless possibilities of communicating through art. It was in that class that my teacher told me, “You could never be an artist.” Being the stubborn teenager that I was, that was all I needed to catapult me into the field of art. I received an art education degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, married a fellow student the next day and shortly thereafter birthed our illustration studio, Ampersand, and began our lives as professional artists. We continue to operate Ampersand from our home/studio along the Wisconsin River in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin.
Artists most influential in developing my style are Caravaggio, Wayne Thiebaud, Robert Bateman and Rick Nass. I regard contrasts (light, texture, color, space, temperature, etc.) as one of the most effective visual communication tools, so one can recognize my work generally by such contrasts.
I’ll always be amazed that one can make a living doing what one loves, and can, in the process, keep stretching and passing discoveries on to others. It’s a gift for which I’ll continuously thank God.
Owner/partner of Ampersand (illustration/design studio) – Prairie du Sac, WI; 1976 to currently
Art instructor – nationwide workshops; 1990 to currently
Art instructor – Badger Prairie Health Care Center, Verona, WI; 2012-2014
Drawing/illustration instructor – Madison College, Madison, WI; 2009, 2010
Robert Bateman Masters Class – Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI
Erwin Lewandowski Techniques Workshop – Barrington, IL
Illustrators Workshop – Tarrytown, NY
B.S. Art Education – University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
Scratchings of a Madwoman – Ampersand, Prairie du Sac, WI, 2015.
Following the Bartrams’ Footsteps – American Society of Botanical Artists, Bronx, NY, 2014.
To the Point, Colored Pencil Society of America – Rising Sun, IN, 2004, 2005, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014.
Biology of Plants – W.H. Freeman Publishers, Inc., New York, NY, 1992, 1999, 2005, 2012.
US Airways Magazine – Pace Communications, Greensboro, NC, 2012.
Vanishing Circles – The Arizona Sonora Desert Museum Press, Tucson, AZ, 2010.
Colored Pencil Society of America Signature Showcase – Crane Dance Publications, Eugene, OR, 2010.
Blossom II—Art of Flowers – Susan Kathleen Black Foundation, Lake George, CO, 2010.
Today’s Botanical Artists – Schiffer Publishing Ltd, Atglen, PA, 2008.
The Botanical Artist – The American Society of Botanical Artists, New York, NY, 2007.
Biologie der Pflanzen – Walter de Gruyter, Berlin, Germany, 2006.
Society of Illustrators – Madison Square Press, New York, NY 1985, 1996.
Communication Arts – Coyne & Blanchard, Inc., Palo Alto, CA, 1993.
International Exhibition – Hunt Institute/Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, 1992.
Gifts from the Earth – Wild Willow/Ampersand, Cross Plains, WI, 1988.
Partial Exhibition/Client List
~ Arizona Sonora Desert Museum
~ Art Center Manatee
~ Art Museum of Los Gatos
Los Gatos, CA*
~ Atlanta History Center
~ The Atlantic
~ Bartram’s Garden Gallery
~ Beverly Art Center
~ Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center
~ Brea Art Gallery
~ The Carnegie Art Center
~ Charles Eisemann Center Gallery
~ Colorado Springs Fine Art Center
Colorado Spring, CO
~ Cornell Museum of Art and History
Delray Beach, FL*
~ Davis Arboretum
~ Denver Botanic Gardens
~ Dunnegan Gallery of Art
~ Evergreen Gallery/Evergreen State
~ Gardener’s Supply Company
~ Garfield Park Observatory
~ Green Acres Arts Center
~ Hartell Gallery/Cornell University
~ Hunt Institute/Carnegie Mellon
~ Jacobs Gallery
~ Jay Etkin Gallery
~ Johnson & Johnson Headquarters
New Brunswick, NJ
~ Katie Gingrass Gallery
~ Kenosha Public Museum
~ Land’s End
~ Morton Arboretum
~ Museum of the Gulf Coast
Port Arthur, TX*
~ Naples Museum of Art
~ National Arts Club/Gramercy Park
New York, NY
~ National Wildlife Gallery
~ New York Botanical Gardens
~ North Carolina Botanical Garden
Chapel Hill, NC*
~ Olbrich Botanical Gardens
~ Ormond Memorial Art Museum
Ormond Beach, FL*
~ The Overture Center
~ Pacific Science Center
~ Paine Art Center
~ Peninsula School of Art
Fish Creek, WI
~ River Arts on Water Gallery
Prairie du Sac, WI*
~ Roger Tory Peterson Inst. Nat. Hist
~ Rollingrock Country Club
~ RSVP Shadows Exhibition
New York, NY
~ R.W. Norton Art Gallery
~ Society of Illustrators Gallery
New York, NY
~ University of Cal Botanical Garden
~ Walter de Gruyter
New York, USA; Berlin, Germany*
~ Warner Books
New York, NY
~ Weisman Art Museum
~ W.H. Freeman Publishers
New York, NY*
~ Woolrich (John Rich & Bros)
American Society of Botanical Artists
Artmates (Regional Wisconsin Women Artists)
Christians In The Visual Arts
Colored Pencil Society of America
Guild of Natural Science Illustrators
Crafts (weaving, knitting, rug hooking, jewelry, etc.)
Other Civic, Service Affiliations
Walnut Hill Bible Church/Baraboo, WI
Bible Study Fellowship/Madison, WI
Women on a Mission/Sauk Prairie, WI
Sonrise Group/Sauk Prairie, WI
Co-curator, River Arts on Water Gallery/Sauk Prairie, WI
The River Food Pantry/Madison, WI