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I draw inspiration from the people land around me. My work is an ongoing exploration, which endeavors to portray the natural world and those who live in it as strangely beautiful -- yet enormously fragile.



I recently moved to the Charlottesville area from Champaign, Illinois where I lived for thirty years. My academic degrees include a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture with an Art Minor from Virginia Tech and a Master of Landscape Architecture from University of Illinois. I've painted much of my life, and began exhibiting professionally in the Midwest (including Chicago and St Louis) over the past fifteen years. I'm particularly drawn to cultural and natural patterns in the landscape, as well as human behavior in a variety of settings. In the pursuit of helping create a more peaceful world of coexistence, I was ordained as an inter spiritual minister through a seminary in NYC in 2015. My studies of Eastern and Western religions and indigenous faiths also infuse my work. I happily live outside of Charlottesville with my husband, my dog and cat, and my mom. 

Capital Artist Collective 

I'm represented by the DC area Capital Artist Collective along with about 20 amazing artists.


Solo/Two/Three Person Exhibitions

2019, 2021, 2022         Boneyard Arts Festival, Texture Home, Champaign, Illinois

2014                        Imagined Landscape, Fermilab, Batavia, Illinois

2014                          “Observing American Culture,” (with Robin Riggs) Woman Made Gallery, Chicago

2012                        “Habitat,” Indigo Artist Co-Op, Champaign, IL

2011                        “American Made,” Open Studios, Vincennes, IN

2006                        Woman Made Gallery, Chicago (June/July)

2004                        Verde Gallery (Gallery 2), Champaign, IL

Selected Group Exhibitions

2023                       All Media Show, Crossroads Art Center, Richmond, Va

2019                       Art Saint Louis XXXXV, The Exhibition

2019                       Jones Gallery Regional Group Exhibition, Kansas City

2015                       “Around the Block,” Parkland College, Champaign, Ill

2011                       “American Dream: A Juxtaposition’” Woman Made Gallery, Chicago

2009/2008               Swope Art Museum, Wabash Valley Juried Exhibition,

                                               Terre Haute, IN

2008                       “The Art of Real Estate,” Gallery 180, Illinois Art Institute - Chicago

2007                    All Star Smiles, Bolingbrook, IL

2006                        Dangenart Gallery, Nashville, TN

2006                        Art Attack, The Gallery at Gordon Beach Inn, Union Pier, MI

2006                        Holiday Treasures Exhibition, McLean County Art Center,

                                             Bloomington, IL

2005                        “Modern Landscape,” Springfield Art Association, Springfield, IL

2005                        Annual Members’ Show, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago

2003                        Springer Cultural Center, Champaign, IL


2008                        Illinois Art Institute, Chicago Permanent Collection Purchase Award

2008                        Indiana State University Permanent Collection Purchase Award, Wabash Valley Juried Exhibition

1998                     Best in Show, Illinois State Town and Country Art Show,

                                               Judge: Jerry Savage, Professor of Art, University of Illinois


Book cover, Survivor’s Picnic, by Debra Bruce, 2012

Featured artist: “Perceptions of the Landscape,” by Jodi Heckel, At Home in Central Illinois, July/Aug/Sept 2012

Book cover, House Where a Woman, Poems by Lori Wilson, 2008

Book cover, Eden in the Rearview Mirror, Poems by Susan Elbe, 2007

Selected Collections

Art-in-Architecture Illinois Commission, Sociology Department, Lincoln Hall, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Lowell Cancer Center, Lowell Massachusetts. Commission

Mills Breast Cancer Institute, Urbana, Illinois. Commission

Springer Cultural Center, Champaign, Illinois

Woman’s Health Practice, Champaign, Illinois

Educational Background

2015                      One Spirit Interfaith Seminary, New York City, New York

1987                    Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture, Art minor

                                       Virginia Polytechnic & State University, Blacksburg, Virginia

1994                       Master of Landscape Architecture,

                                       University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois

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