BJ has been making art for years, having earned an art education degree and (subsequently teaching elementary and high school) from ISU and graduate credit from University of Iowa.  She has studied extensively from master painters and worked in oil, oil pastel and acrylic, her current medium of favor.  Her love of painting is paired with her love of travel, especially in the west and southwest and internationally.  Since relocating to Wilmington in 2018, she has been involved as a member of  WAA and Cape Fear Sketchers Group.  Her paintings use her own photo references and Plein air (on site).  Nature is the primary influence of her work, not in attempt to duplicate,  but to initiate a response as a painting that reflects  the joy of the outdoors.  BJ has had solo shows in Iowa City and Mount Pleasant and has shown in many galleries in Iowa and the midwest.


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