My inspiration comes from life's good and bad times, crazy great friends, an artist tribe, and having experienced many of places via travel, and expense accounts.  Life for me overall has been pretty vanilla, with a few sins in-between.  It's been a good life; one I thank a higher spirit for every day.  

When I paint, it's by feel; by trusting my gut, the exact same way I have operated my whole life.  I trust my instincts.  Normally I listen to music when I paint, based on mood, some of my favorite channels include Pink, Sarah Bareilles and Haley Reinhart.  Most of the time I like to work alone and when I am on a roll, I can't stop until I have accomplished something, even if it sucks.  I get more done from 3:30am to 6:30am than anyone I know.  


B.A.S. Saginaw Valley State University 1995/Liberal Arts/Management
Associates in Accounting from Delta College 1993

Midland Center for the Art

·        Abstract Painting, Kathy K Jones 2015- Nov 2018

·        Beginning and Intermediate Water Media, Ruth Howell

·        Advanced Critique, Armin Mersmann 2016, 2017, 2018

.        Advanced Critique, Steve Parkhurst, 2019

·        Workshop Filomena Booth, Inverness Florida, Oct. 2017

Studio 23

                      -      Member, Studio Collective

                    -      100 Day Project, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022

                    -      Master Drawing Class I:  Armin Mersmann, Sept-Dec 2019, Studio 23, Bay City MI

Creative 360

                    -     Making Intuitive Art: Permission to Paint Expressively A Weekend Workshop with Ellie Harold 
                           March 12 & 13, 2022,

Art Ladders
                   -     Val Allen, Abstraction Now, March 16, 2022- April 13,2022, 
                         Instagram: @valerieallenarFacebook:

I have spent the last few years studying with established abstract artist, Kathy K Jones, working with her in her studio.  She is my mentor and friend; her internship has provided me with very sound art direction.  I spent a few years (2016-2018) sharing studio space with her, Denise Ardis and Rochelle Aultman.  My dear friend has since passed (2018), I miss her and I am forever grateful for the time and gifts she shared with me.


·        Midland Center for the Arts Student Faculty Show Summer 2016

·        Kathy K Jones Studio Open House Art Exhibit March 2017

·        Solo Invitational, The Cosmetic Wellness Center, 5671 Bay Rd., Saginaw MI 48604 May 2017- June 2018

·        The Gallery, Art for Saginaw "Urban Undefined",  May 24-2017- Nov 30, 2017.    

·        Art Walk Central – Art Reach, Mt Pleasant August 3-August 31, 2017

·        515 Gallery, Clare Mi “Emerging” with Denise Ardis, Rochelle Aultman.  Aug 5th to Sept 30th, 2017

·        Pop Up Show, Art Reach, Mt Pleasant, Oct 3-Oct 28, 2017

·        Muskegon Art Museum, 89th MI Regional Juried Exhibition, Sep 28 to Nov 8th, 2017 Juror: Petra Fallaux 

.        Midland Center for the Arts Student Faculty Show Fall 2017

-        A Bevy of Brew Hues, Artworks, Big Rapids March 12-April 20 2108

-        Lake Superior State University 5x7 Art Show, April 20, 2018, First Place Award for High Tide

-        Lowell Art Gallery, Juried, Location, Location, Location June 1, 2018- July 22, 2018 "Shine On"

-        Art Walk Elk Rapids, June 9, 2018 - June 22, 2018

-        Painters and Potters, Studio 23, Bay City, MI July 19-September 8, 2018

-        Art Walk Central – Art Reach, Mt Pleasant, Aug 6-Aug 31, 2018

-        Art Prize, Juried, Grand Rapids, MI, Sept 19-Oct 7, 2018 "A Way In", Palatte Coffee and Art Gallery

-        MI Artists All-State Juried Exhibition Studio 23, Bay City, MI Sept 20-Nov 10, 2018  "Dirty Blu and Lighten Up" Juror:   Nick Reszetar 

-        Morely Family Gallery, Art Reach, Mt Plesant, MI Oct 3-Oct 27, 2018, Solo Show, Adminstrator Kim Bigard

-        Studio 23 Perfect Pairing Event, Bay City, MI Oct 11, 2018

-        Midland Center for the Arts - Thearter, Donor Room and Brick Lobby Solo Exhibition 25 large pieces on display, January 2019- Oct 2019, Curator Sarah Brandt

-        Public Art, Mid-Michigan Health, Bay City MI -Solo Display 25 small pieces located in the welcome lobby, June-Nov, 2019, Curator Val Allen

-        Painters and Potters, Aug 13-Sep 21, 2019 Studio 23

-        Artwalk Central, University Gallery, "Selfie", August 1, 2019- Sept 4, 2019

-        50 Artist, Bay City, MI  Oct 10, 2019- Nov 23, 2019 Juried Show - Jurors:  Donna Branch, Guy Greve, Paul Haselhuhn,  and Kim Kleinhardt.   Public Display: Art in the City: 2 year chosen ART printed on metal sign place outside for public display on rail trail .  

-      Public Art, Midland Visitor Center & Great Lakes Bay Conference Center, Midland MI, Solo Display 25 pieces located in the welcome lobby, Oct, 2019-Jan, 2019 Curator Sarah Brandt, Midland Center for the Arts.

-      Joined Fine Art America November 2019,

-       Public Art, Oracle Brewery, Old Town, Michigan AVE, Saginaw MI 48601  Nov 1, 2019- Feb 29, 2020. Solo Exhibit 25 pieces.  Curator Heather Deogracia, Exploding Artist Group, Saginaw

-      Public Art, Bay City Chamber of Commerce, Water St. Bay City, Mi Dec 1-Mar 30, 2020. Solo Exhibit 25 pieces. Curator Val Allen, Studio 23, Bay City.

-       Public Art , Saginaw Commerce Building, Saginaw MI, Feb 15-Mar, 2021.  Exhibiting 15 pieces displayed in partnership with Glass Bottle Artist, Mark Bleshenski. Curator Mike Kolleth, Saginaw Art Musuem Director

-     MI Artist All State Juried Exhibition 2020, September 12 – November 14, 2020. Juror: Timothy Norris, Studio 23, Bay City, Mi.

-    Saginaw Enrichment Center - Saginaw Mi, March 2021-June 1, 2021.  Exhibiting 30 pieces.  Public Art, Curator Marcia Braun.

-    Painters and Potters, Studio 23, August 2022.  Exhibiting 5 pieces.

-    Michigan Artist All State 2022, September 22nd-November 12th, 2022.  Juror:  Laura Whitesides, Studio 23, Bay City, Mi.


Kay and Dan Denardo, Saginaw, MI

Patricia Gyurich, Bay City, MI

Suzanne and John Billette, Auburn, MI

Sylvia Walworth, Traverse City, MI

Luann and Bill Bock, Rhodes, MI

Studio 2020, Collegeville PA

Ted Evans, Farewell MI

Lauren Fenske, Midland MI

Lindsey and Tyler Schlink, Brighton MI

Suzanne and Larry Lage, Ann Arbor MI

Casey Kayner, Bay City MI

Karen Rauschenberger, Auburn MI

Fritz Kuhlman, Mt Pleasant MI

Betty Grady, Springfield, IL

Kathy Bruzewski, Auburn MI

Lori Lemuel, Auburn MI

Artigiano, Cheese Shoppe, Bay City MI

Kellie & Greg Stark, Albright Shores, MI

Darrin & Cathy Gyurich, Dewitt, MI

Brian DeMio, NJ

Allison & Will Crecelius, Ann Arbor, MI

Deb LaRocque, Bay City, MI

Ryan Gyurich, Katie DeYoung, Traverse CIty, MI

Greenleaf Trust, Midland MI 

Sally Rose, Mt. Pleasant, MI

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