I was born in 1950 amidst the quaint farming community
of Merrill, Wisconsin,
where I enjoyed the rolling countryside, clear skies and the
The town is known as “the city of parks”
and throughout this little village
the river pushes
its way under many bridges and through tree covered passageways.
was my home for the first twenty years of my life.
I married my
husband, Fred, in 1970. We lived in Chicago
until we moved
to Ohio in 1976 where we reside today.
We have been blessed
with a son, two daughters, two sons-in-law and a granddaughter.
I began painting in 1985. My first painting
was a Christmas gift to my husband
which was a New England maple sugaring scene that I painted
board that came from the bottom of an old dog house.
It was inspired by our love for New England
and old traditions
and customs we value.
He thought it was the best Christmas gift ever and
gave me strong encouragement
to continue painting.
Within a couple years I began showing my
received the best of show honor at the Massillon Museum, Massillon Ohio
with my little painting
with the big heart, "Moonlit Village".
With responsibilities that come from a growing family, teaching Bible studies and piano,
I chose to limit my
shows and exhibitions. Most of my paintings were commissioned work
except for my families personal collections.
My paintings are childlike, simplistic
paintings and are influenced by my love for the beauty of nature and animals,
my faith in God, the joys of my
childhood and also tender family memories of my husband and children.
I love creating delightful scenes
that are full of color and joy.
In 2007, I began creating and painting
cachets for First Day Covers.
These are envelopes that are issued by the post office the first day a new stamp is
The design or cachet I paint on the envelope follows the theme of the stamp.
My cachets are unique
in the style of painting and also because many times they are limited to only one of a kind.
on First Day Covers have become collectible with philatelists in the US and Canada.