Art and books have been happy constants throughout my life. I have early memories of changing light and reflections on metal and caressing holloware shapes as I helped my mother polish silver. When I was fourteen I attended a $20 community class taught by a General Motors designer that opened my horizons to design and abstraction. I was so enthralled with the assignments that Mother allowed me to miss school to work on them. By the end of the class I knew I wanted to be “an artist,” although that was a far-fetched dream in 1950 when colleges restricted women to art education. In 1962 I sought to enter the BFA studio program at U of N Lincoln. After a tur-rah with the art department chairman I was allowed to enroll as a “non-traditional student” and to double major in studio painting and sculpture. Professor Tom Sheffield opened the world of lost wax casting to me and my life in art was set.
My work is expressionist with a strong emphasis on line and the interplay of light. I am happiest assembling organic images. I welded in steel and cast in bronze for many years and then moved in the opposite direction to create miniature organic sterling sculptures and paper constructs in mixed media. That $20 investment in 1950 has given me lifelong returns of wonder and beauty. Some investment; what a mother!
My paintings and metalwork are in collections from Alaska to Newfoundland and the states where we lived in the Air Force. The first painting I entered in a show and sold was titled “Big Red” (1965) of U of N football players. Happily, 42 years and many homes later I’m back in Husker Land sculpting and painting.