Fine Art Paintings
Most people don’t know that I make both jewelry and fine art paintings. My oil paintings depict places and things I see and loves most, mainly in northern Michigan where I live. Some of my paintings are painted ‘plein-aire’, out in nature; something I hope to do more of in the future. I also accepts commissions. 231-838-0087
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Most people don’t know that I am a jeweler and make fine art paintings.
I began my artistic career at MSU in 1964. My goal was to become a fine art painter. In 1966 I was introduced to jewelry making while taking a required class for teaching certification. It was interesting to me so I included jewelry classes in my scholastic endeavors. I attended MSU for six years studying painting, printmaking and jewelry. I graduated with a Master of Fine Art degree in painting in 1970.
That summer I married Dwight Nibbelink at the “Cross of the Woods” in Indian River and moved to Harbor Springs. My husband owned “The Little Party Store” on Lake Street. While living in Harbor Springs, I did everything I could think of to make a living. My MFA degree limited my ability to secure a teaching position, so I began to make jewelry and accept commissions. I painted advertising signs on automobiles in town and on Mackinac Island. And I also managed Gallery De Boicourt on Main Street.
In 1973 we moved to Santa Fe NM where I lived for thirty years dividing my time in my career between fine art painting and jewelry making. Over the years, I have gone in and out of each of my artistic disciplines: sometimes only painting and sometimes only making jewelry and sometimes doing both.
After my son Adam was born, I found it difficult to find the time to sit at my jewelry bench for long periods of time, which is what is needed to make jewelry. I decided I would paint again, but in watercolor. My thought was that if the baby needed me, I could put down a watercolor brush without the paintbrush drying and getting destroyed. The problem was that I didn’t know anything about painting with watercolors.
It was a long and frustrating learning process for me. For almost six months, I would put the baby down for a nap and paint. And at the end of the hour, the painting went in the basket.
One day, something clicked. I liked what I was seeing and explored it further. Eventually, I had a body of work but I was too shy to show it in Santa Fe where I was known for making jewelry. So instead, I traveled to Arizona and secured a gallery in Sedona. By the time I returned home, the gallery had already sold three of my paintings!
That was the sign I needed. For many years my paintings and jewelry were represented by galleries in Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Taos New Mexico, Aspen, Vail and Durango, Colorado and Sedona and Scottsdale Arizona , Palm Desert California and Paris France. I painted a forty foot mural for the Santa Fe Hotel at Euro-Disney just outside Paris. I had a one woman show of my paintings at a gallery in Paris. And one of my paintings was accepted at a salon showing in Paris.
I returned to Harbor Springs in the fall of 1999 and opened my first ever retail store on Hwy 31N in 2000. I originally intended it to be my studio. In 2003 I moved into a retail space by the Harbor Springs airport and in 2007 I purchased my current building location at 263. E. Main Street, now next door the new theater.
During the last 20 years most of my focus has been on building my jewelry business. For the last several years I have been painting more in oil when time permits. My dream for the future will take me back to my roots even further, painting more and loving it.
If you have any questions about my fine art paintings, or are interested in commissioning me to paint something for you, feel free to contact me at 231-838-0087.