Hi, I’m Summer. Illustrator, Painter, Jewelry Maker, Mother and wanderlust conspirator. Creating art weaves the fibers that compose my being and feed my soul. My real-world honesty stems from my ability to create and fully entrench myself in the mediums that move me. Art is my truth, my authenticity.
Born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa, as a child, I catapulted through wildflower fields with reckless abandon. I flung myself through the branches of willows and collected nature’s treasures with the whimsy of a woodland sprite. The curiosity that drove me headlong into streams chasing frogs and sprinting after rainbows, is a force that I still draw on today for much of my inspiration.
I graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Western State in Gunnison, Colorado with a major in Painting. Despite this, I am drawn to all aspects of art and spent 15 years as a successful jewelry maker. The gem-like facets of the beads I worked with were too much to resist. Ultimately, I was drawn back to my first love of painting. I utilize many mediums to create my work from water colors to acrylics dancing on backgrounds from wood panels to canvas. I hope my creations allow viewers to feel the love that is poured into them and experience the sheer joy and happiness that I exude during the process of their creation.
My reasons; two funky, fiercely opposite daughters, Cameron Renee and Ellowyn Colette and my “underfoot assistants” keep my home, heart and studio space warm, inspired and always interesting.