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My Story

I started my career in pathology, researching estrogen and progesterone receptors in breast cancer. I published several articles about this, leading to the development of aromatase inhibitors. I am board-certified in Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Care. In 2018, I developed a course for the humanities department on Art and Medicine and taught four-month-long classes for credit. I am writing a book about the course entitled “The Healing Arts: Look, See, Observe, Visualize."I retired in 2019 to be a full-time Creative.


I am now living the creative life of a visual artist.  I began showing my art in 2000. My focus is on the landscape and medical/biological images on silk or complex cloth. I took an art break from 2013 to 2019 to move back to Kansas City and help care for my aging mother. I worked as an academic hospitalist at Truman Medical Center, retiring in 2019

I have taken various workshops throughout the years on drawing, landscape painting, pastel painting, silk painting, and fabric arts. I have also taken classes at Washburn University, the Bemis Art Center in Colorado Springs, CO, and the Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City, MO. I completed an intensive three-year training in fabric arts with Jane Dunnewald in San Antonio, TX. Memberships include Fabric Arts, Missouri Fabric Artists, Kansas City Artists Coalition, Americans for the Arts, and Society for the Arts in Healthcare. I became a docent at the Kemper Museum of Modern Art, KCMO, in October 2022.

I am a former Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Missouri Kansas City Medical School, Humanities Department. My Missouri practice license is now retirement status (previously licensed and practiced in six states). I am an experienced, practical physician abiding by evidence-based medicine who enjoys bedside teaching, lecturing, and mentoring. I am idealistic and creative and good at championing projects.

Leadership: Chief of Medicine at several hospitals, Medical Director (or assistant director) of two hospices. 

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BA in biology and chemistry at Washburn University, 1976.  MD from Kansas University Medical Center, 1979.  Residency in Internal Medicine from Harrisburg Hospital, 1983.  Board Certified in Internal Medicine Program

Medical Career

  • Rural health practice, Weeping Water, NE  with NHS

  • HMO practice with Pike's Peak HealthcareColorado Springs, CO

  • Group practice in Kansas City, MO, and Lee's Summit, Mo. Out-patient, in-patient, long-term, & hospice

  •  Indian Health Service at the Mescalero NM Indian Reservation

  • Locum Tenens, Long Term Acute Care, Boston, MA

  • Hospitalist at community hospitals and academic centers  (credentialed in 17 hospitals during my career)

  • I organized a group of physicians to help the people of Honduras after Hurricane Mitch.

  • Assistant Professor at Kansas University Medical Center (1999 - 2001): taught geriatrics, was Medical Director of Manor Care (a long-term care facility), and Director of outpatient services.

  • Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine (2013 - 2019): taught Hospital Medicine and palliative and end-of-life care.

Juried Group Exhibitions

  • Westwood Hills Art Coalition, Westwood Hills, Ks, Fall 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2003

  • Westwood Hills Art Coalition, Roeland Park City Hall, Oct 2000

  • Open Studios, Kansas City Artist’s Coalition, Oct 2004, Oct2006

  • Medical Staff Art Show, Falmouth Hospital-Faxon Center, May-Jun 2008

  • Medical Images on Silk University of Michigan Medical Center, Gifts of Art, Feb-Apr 2009

  • Falmouth Art Guild Member’s Show, Sept 2009, Oct 2009

  • Cotuit Pastel Juried Show, Cotuit Art Center, Cotuit, MA, May 2010

  • Rice GalleryMashpee, MA2013

  • Soft sculpture of Amelia Earhart, “Their Art/Her Art,” Interurban Art House, Mar-Apr 2021 (I then donated the sculpture to the Amelia Earhart Museum in Atchison, KS

  • Oil Paintings Jones Gallery, KCMO March 2021

  • Autumn in the Flint Hills, Art of the Flint Hills, Juried Show, Buttonwood Gallery, Oct-Nov 2022,

  • Buddha in the Garden Serenity Juried Show, Jul-Aug 2023

  • Diatoms, West Falmouth MA Summer Art Exhibit, Jul-Aug 2023

Solo Art

  • Vision Quest: Journey of Seeing in Silk paintings and complex cloth,  Park University, Aug-Nov 2022

  • Ghost Ranch Landscapes, Pastel and Oil Paintings, Second Presbyterian ChurchJan-Feb 2023

  • Woods Hole Library, Exhibit of Diatom Art, Sept-Oct 2023

  • Envision Art Gallery, “Art and Science Intertwined,” Jan-Mar 2024, Wichita, KS

  • ART by NTM: landscapes, Unitarian Fellowship of Falmouth, Aug-Sept 2013

  • Silk Paintings of Medical Images, Truman Lakewood Art Gallery, Spring of 2015

  • Silk Paintings of Medical Images, Healing Canvases, Summer of 2015

  • Exotic landscapes: “You’re not in Kansas anymore.” Faxon Center, Falmouth Hospital, May-June 2010

  • ART by NTM: Landscapes and Silk Paintings, Unitarian Fellowship of Falmouth, Falmouth, MA, Feb 2009

  • Silk Paintings of Medical Images, Unity on the Plaza, KC, MO, Nov 2006

  • Silk Painting of Medical Images, All Soul’s Unitarian Church, KC, MO, May 2007

  • New Mexico Landscapes, Missouri Bank, Feb – March 2004

  • Pastel Landscapes, North Kansas City, Mo, Feb- March 2003

  • Landscapes and Silk Paintings, Kansas City Internal Medicine, Lee’s Summit, Mo, Oct-Dec, 2004

  • Mission Springs, The Sweet Life, Pastel Landscapes, Mission, Ks, January, 2002

  • St. Charles Medical Center, Visualize Healing: Silk Paintings, Bend, Oregon, Sept – Nov 2002

  • Central Exchange, Pastel Landscapes

  • KC, MO, Sept-Nov, 2002

  • All Soul’s Unitarian Church, Pastel Landscapes and Silk Paintings, Kansas City, Mo, Sept 2001

  • Community Christian Church, Landscapes and Healing Visions, Kansas City, Mo

  • Jan-Feb, 2001

  • St. Michael’s and All Angel’s Church, Pastel Landscapes. Prairie Village, Ks, March, 2000

  • Clendening Historical Library/ Kansas University Medical Center, “Silk and Sand: Southwestern Pastel Landscapes on Sand Paper & Healing Visions on Silk” Kansas City, Ks, May – Jul 2000.

  • Mission Springs Retirement Center, Pastel Landscapes, Mission, Ks, Dec 2000

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