My first and most enduring inspiration for my work comes from a treasured drawing created by my mother. I was born into a large German family and later immigrated to the U.S.A., eventually settling in Chicago. Although my early training at the Art Institute of Chicago focused on the study of the old masters, my recent work has become more abstract. I am exhilarated by the challenge of evoking ideas in the viewer. Just a brushstroke on a canvas gives me the freedom to do anything I envision. Aside from the dimensions of the canvas itself, there are no limits. I enjoy examining the canvas, exploring depth and dimensions to create a piece that challenges the intellect, invites curiosity, and creates pleasure.