I spent the first part of my career in music teaching and professional singing.  I taught voice for many years and sang for 2 seasons with the Norman Luboff Choir.   I became interested in art after taking a few courses for fun.  I found in the visual arts a creative process that I liked very much.   I enrolled in the Master of Fine Arts degree program at Illinois State University and in 1988 I received  an MFA in art studio. Since that time I have been involved in metalworking and sculpture and more recently, painting.

 I grew up in central Illinois and have lived either here or in Chicago for most of my life.  I have a studio in downtown Bloomington, Illinois and am part of a large number of artists in the area.  My studio at 313 N Main Suite A is open First Fridays from 5-8 pm. and Saturdays from 9 am-2pm.

 In April 2008, Martha Burk and I opened an art gallery,  Main Gallery 404 in downtown Bloomington Illinois.  After 5 years, we sold the gallery to Lisa Lofgren.    Susan Mendenhall took over the gallery in February of 2016 and continues to show the work of about 40 local artists.


BME Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, Illinois

MM American Conservatory of Music in vocal performance, Chicago, Illinois

MA, MFA Illinois State University in art studio, Normal Illinois


 I have shown work locally at Illinois State University Galleries and Heartland Community College Gallery in Normal Illinois.  McLean County Art Center, Monroe Center, Main Gallery 404 and Lakeview Country Club in Bloomington, Illinois.  Eureka College Gallery in Eureka, Illinois.  Contemporary Art Center in Peoria, Illinois.   Galesburg Civic Art Center in Galesburg, Illinois.  Woman Made Gallery in Chicago and Ridge Art in Oak Park, Illinois.   My work can be seen at my studio and also at the Pod in Normal, IL.

 Among various national locations, I have shown in Downey, California; Dallas, Texas; New York, NY; Indianapolis and Lafayette, Indiana; University of Missouri in Warrensburg and University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.