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.

Experience:

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

 

Education:

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

 

Bibliography:

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

*2011-2015

~ Arizona Sonora Desert Museum
   Tucson, AZ*

~ Art Center Manatee
   Bradenton, FL*

~ Art Museum of Los Gatos
   Los Gatos, CA*

~ Atlanta History Center
   Atlanta, GA*

~ The Atlantic
   Boston, MA

~ Bartram’s Garden Gallery
   Philadelphia, PA*

~ Beverly Art Center
   Chicago, IL

~ Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center
   Birmingham, MI

~ Brea Art Gallery
   Brea, CA*

~ The Carnegie Art Center
   Covington, KY*

~ Charles Eisemann Center Gallery
   Richardson, TX*

~ Colorado Springs Fine Art Center
   Colorado Spring, CO

~ Cornell Museum of Art and History
   Delray Beach, FL*

~ Davis Arboretum
   Davis, CA

~ Denver Botanic Gardens
   Denver, CO*

~ Dunnegan Gallery of Art
   Bolivar, MO*

~ Evergreen Gallery/Evergreen State
   Olympia, WA*

~ Gardener’s Supply Company
   Burlington, VT

~ Garfield Park Observatory
   Chicago, IL*

~ Green Acres Arts Center
   Cincinnati, OH*

~ Hartell Gallery/Cornell University
   Ithaca, NY

~ Hunt Institute/Carnegie Mellon
   Pittsburgh, PA

~ Jacobs Gallery
   Eugene, OR

~ Jay Etkin Gallery
   Memphis, TN

~ Johnson & Johnson Headquarters
   New Brunswick, NJ

~ Katie Gingrass Gallery
   Milwaukee, WI

~ Kenosha Public Museum
   Kenosha, WI*

~ Land’s End
   Dodgeville, WI

~ Morton Arboretum
   Lisle, IL*

~ Museum of the Gulf Coast
   Port Arthur, TX*

~ Naples Museum of Art
   Naples, FL*

~ National Arts Club/Gramercy Park
   New York, NY

~ National Wildlife Gallery
   Vienna, VA

~ New York Botanical Gardens
   Bronx, NY

~ North Carolina Botanical Garden
   Chapel Hill, NC*

~ Olbrich Botanical Gardens
   Madison, WI*

~ Ormond Memorial Art Museum
   Ormond Beach, FL*

~ The Overture Center
   Madison, WI

~ Pacific Science Center
   Seattle, WA*

~ Paine Art Center
   Oshkosh, WI

~ Peninsula School of Art
   Fish Creek, WI

~ River Arts on Water Gallery
   Prairie du Sac, WI*

~ Roger Tory Peterson Inst. Nat. Hist
   Jamestown, NY*

~ Rollingrock Country Club
   Ligonier, PA

~ RSVP Shadows Exhibition
   New York, NY

~ R.W. Norton Art Gallery
   Shreveport, LA*

~ Society of Illustrators Gallery
   New York, NY

~ TravelSmith
   Novato, CA

~ University of Cal Botanical Garden
   Berkeley, CA*

~ Walter de Gruyter
   New York, USA; Berlin, Germany*

~ Warner Books
   New York, NY

~ Weisman Art Museum
   Minneapolis, MN

~ W.H. Freeman Publishers
   New York, NY*

~ Woolrich (John Rich & Bros)
   Woolrich, PA

Professional Memberships

American Society of Botanical Artists

Artmates (Regional Wisconsin Women Artists)

Colored Pencil Society of America

Guild of Natural Science Illustrators

 

Personal Interests:

Reading
Music
Crafts (weaving, knitting, rug hooking, jewelry, etc.)
Architecture

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