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My work is an expression of my excitement in creating unique patterns, color relationships and mark making, the result is a body of work that is whimsical and upbeat. To have a viewer look at my work and find joy is all that I’m after. I always want to be creating and pushing myself to find that next a-ha moment while working in encaustic.
Coming full circle, I have shifted my focus to becoming a full-time encaustic mixed media artist while living in the Foothills of Golden, Colorado. Each day you can find me in my studio experimenting with new ideas inspired by the whimsical shapes and patterns found in nature, for example those found in the shadows on the sidewalks. The layers in my encaustic work are created from prints I have hand-pulled and sections cut from my original digital work. I have a great interest in printmaking and enjoy creating monoprints that are full of texture and vibrant color.
My work develops from a daydreaming state, with fond memories… travel, being out in nature, the simple joys of life. After all, I Dream In Color.
After taking a figure drawing class in middle school I knew that I wanted to pursue art as an occupation. With the encouragement of a high school art teacher, I followed that dream and attended the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh graduating with a BFA in Commercial Art. I was fortunate to work as a Graphic Designer in the creative industry for 25 years. I held the position of a paste-up artist for several in-house retail advertising departments, then after moving to Denver, Colorado I landed a job as a Technical Illustrator for the U.S. Air Force creating illustrations for their training manuals. I then went on to work with the Public Relations department for one of the country’s largest Superfund Sites, the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, managing the Media Design Department.
Knowing that ultimately, I wanted to spend more time with my family, I started my own graphic design business Katfish Design. I continue to work as a graphic designer part-time. Over the years I have studied painting with Buffalo Kaplinski, Dennis Pendelton, Lisa Congdon, Carrie Schmitt and Jenny Doh. I had my first solo painting show ten years ago, which was titled “Rockstars of the Arsenal” and included acrylic paintings of the animals that call the Rocky Mountains and the Great Plains home.