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Artist of the Month
January 2015 Artist of the Month
I’ve been an artist for as long as I can remember. In high school, I was voted “Best Artist” and received a fine art scholarship. I pursued a career in graphic design and became the art director for a national magazine. It wasn’t until 2010 and nearly 30 years away from what I loved, that I switched gears and turned my attention back to art.
I draw inspiration from my love of nature and am passionate about creating portraits of animals and children, flowers and scenes of places I have traveled to. When choosing a subject, I look for warm sun on skin, bright and colorful reflections on water and light passing through petals that create the deep shadows, bright highlights and high contrast that I savor. My hope is that through this process, I am able to evoke a feeling of joy and happiness. Although I have worked in oil, acrylic and graphite, my primary focus has been on both soft and oil pastels. I love the immediacy of these mediums, their vibrant colors, rich tones, texture, paint-like quality and portability. I particularly enjoy exploring various art papers and the way the pastels are affected through their application. I’ve taken multiple courses in oil pastel, but am self-taught using soft pastels.
Since 2011, I have participated in more than 50 exhibits including numerous juried fine art fairs, three solo shows, and have earned three “Best in Shows” awards, a “1st Place” and numerous awards in other categories. I hold memberships with The Pastel Society of America, The Chicago Pastel Painters, The Geneva Art Guild, The DuPage Art League, The Wayne Art League and Yellow House Artists.
February 2015 Artist of the Month - Jim Enockson (print and mixed media)
March 2015 Artist of the Month - James and Nanette Stephens (photography)
April 2015 Artist of the Month - Gene McCormick (paintings)
May 2015 Artist of the Month - Joanne Laudolff (mixed media)
June 2015 Artist of the Month - Bert Hoddinott III (drawings)
July 2015 Artist of the Month - District #303 Student Art Exhibit (mixed media)
August 2015 Artist of the Month - Open
September 2015 Artist of the Month - Robert Dicke (photography
October 2015 Artist of the Month - Rosann Wynykoski (acrylic and FW inks)
November 2015 Artist of the Month - Valerie Lorimer (mixed media)
December 2015 Artist of the Month - Open