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ARTIST STATEMENT:

I am a student of humanity and my paintings are a reflection of the beautiful moments I find everywhere. A mix between figurative work, still life and cityscapes, my work falls more in the category of lifescapes as I seek to tell the stories of people—young and old, crowds or individuals, personified objects or real figures. An incurable optimist, I look for the joy in life and those are my favorite stories to tell with paint.

 

 

BIO:

My mom is a sculptor, my dad is a writer and musician, and creativity was always encouraged at our house. In tenth grade I took an aptitude test to see which career suited me best. My math and English scores were average. But in anything art-related I was at the top of the charts. The decision seemed pretty clear, and off to college I went, a rare freshman with her major solidified from day one. While I enjoyed learning about drawing, graphic design, photography and other art classes, I found my true passion in painting. I graduated with a bachelors degree in Visual Arts at Utah State University. I feel grateful for the foundation my art education gave me, but it’s been all the hours practicing and playing in my studio that have really helped me find my voice as an artist.

I spend my days raising my four, energetic small children and paint when my wonderful husband gets home from work. With patience, my family encourages my pursuit of art, and I love them for it. They are often a source of inspiration in my work. I feel especially happy as my children get older and can work alongside me in my studio.

My goal is to just get better with each painting and I am thrilled to spend every day balancing the two careers I love the most—art and motherhood.

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AWARDS

  • 2016 First Place & Purchase Award, Murray City Juried Art Show
  • 2016 “For the Love of Art” Award, Fibonacci Fine Art Magazine, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 2015 Honorable Mention, Murray City Juried Art Show
  • 2015 Second Place, Professional Division, Holladay City Juried Art Show
  • 2014 Honorable Mention, Sandy Arts Guild Juried Show
  • 2014 Second Place, Eccles Community Art Center Statewide Competition
  • 2014 Award of Merit, Provo Art Showcase

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

  • 2016 “Savor the Small” Solo Show, Art Access, Salt Lake City, UT
  • 2015 “Beautiful Everywhere” Solo Show, Alpine Art Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT
  • 2015 “Beautiful Everywhere” Solo Show, Harmons City Creek Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

  • 2017--93rd Annual Spring Salon, Springville Museum of Art, Springville, Utah
  • 2017-- Art & Soup, Salt Palace, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 2017-- "Off the Map" show, Art Access Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 2017-- Valentine Art Show, HERE Provo Gallery, Provo, Utah
  • 2016-- Holiday Art Show, Art Access, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 2016-- 100 Dollar Show at Springville Museum of Art, Springville, Utah
  • 2016-- 1-3-5 Fine Art Show, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 2016-- Zions Bank Art Show, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 2016-- 31st Annual Spiritual & Religious Art of Utah, Springville Museum of Art, Springville, Utah
  • 2016-- Zions Art Society Exhibition, Anthony's Fine Art, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 2016-- 300 Plates Fundraiser & Exhibition, Art Access, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 2016-- Bountiful Davis Art Center Statewide Competition, Bountiful, Utah
  • 2016-- 92nd Annual Spring Salon, Springville Museum of Art, Springville, Utah
  • 2016-- Fibonacci Fine Art Magazine Crimson Ball, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 2015-- “Small and Thoughtful,” Evergreen Gallery, Holladay, Utah
  • 2015-- Honoring Utah Artists, Alpine Art, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 2015-- 29th Annual Spiritual and Religious Art of Utah, Springville Museum of Art, Springville, Utah
  • 2015-- 100 Dollar Show at Springville Museum of Art, Springville, Utah
  • 2015-- Zion’s Bank Art Show, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 2015-- Murray City Juried Art Show, Murray, Utah
  • 2015-- Salt Lake Community College President’s Show, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 2015-- “Rooted and Reaching,” Art Access, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 2015-- Art2Go, Art Access, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 2015-- 300 Plates Fundraiser & Exhibition, Art Access, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 2015-- Holladay City Juried Art Show, Holladay, Utah
  • 2014-- Covey Center Holiday Art Show, Provo, Utah
  • 2014-- Honoring Utah Artists, Alpine Art, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 2014-- 100 Dollar Show at the Springville Museum of Art, Springville, Utah
  • 2014-- Sandy Arts Guild Juried Art Show, Sandy, Utah
  • 2014-- Lodge Gallery Exhibition, Pioneer Theater Company, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 2014-- Utah State Fair Fine Art Exhibition, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 2014-- Eccles Community Art Center Statewide Competition, Ogden, Utah
  • 2014-- Provo Art Showcase, Covey Center, Provo, Utah
  • 2014-- 300 Plates Fundraiser & Exhibition, Art Access, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 2014-- Utah Watercolor Society Member Exhibition, Provo, Utah
  • 2014-- Bountiful Davis Art Center Statewide Competition, Farmington, Utah

PRESS

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

  • 2015 Portrait workshop with Casey Childs, Pleasant Grove, UT
  • 2013 The Business of Art Seminar, Kanab, UT
  • 2013 “Loosen Up” workshop with Robert Burridge, Salt Lake City, UT
  • 2013 “Using Color That Sings” workshop with Carole Wade, Syracuse, UT
  • 2005 Bachelors of Science in Visual Art, Utah State University

NOTABLE COLLECTIONS

  • Zions Bank
  • Murray City

GALLERY REPRESENTATION

David Ericson Fine Art, 418 South 200 West, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101. Phone 801-553-8245. http://www.davidericson-fineart.com/

15th Street Gallery, 1519 S 1500 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84105. Phone 801-468-1515. http://www.15thstreetgallery.com/

         Southam Gallery, 152 South Main Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101. Phone 801-322-0376. http://www.southamgallery.com/