~ About the Artist ~
In 2002, I picked up my art pencil again after 20+ years. During this break, I devoted my time to my family and building a career. Even though I earned my Bachelor of Fine Art degree at the University of Northern Iowa, my career path ventured away from the fine arts.
I am currently an IT Manager at a medical auditing firm in Des Moines, IA. My children are in college and it's now time for me to explore my arts again! I live with my wonderful husband, Les, in the small town of Mitchellville, Iowa.
~ Medium ~
My medium of choice is graphite. Black and white drawings have such a timeless quality to them. Although I am exploring color mediums as well, graphite will always be my favorite.
~ Subject Matter ~
I am always being asked, "Why do I draw barns?" Barns and old farmsteads have always held a fascination for me. I was raised on a family farm in NE Iowa and carry many wonderful childhood memories with me.
The Midwestern landscape is riddled with old barns and farmhouses. Each year more family farms are being abandoned for corporate or consolidated farming. These icons represent an era in American history when life was simpler, days were spent working the land and where families were the central core of each farm. I am proud to say I was a part of that era.
I enjoy traveling the Iowa countryside looking for these beauties. This is one of my favorites that was used in my series of Berwick Barn drawings.