Recently retired after twenty-nine years as an art educator, Courter now devotes her time exclusively to painting. Her past works have won numerous honors and have been shown throughout the Midwest, with many of her paintings hanging in public and private collections.
For years the subject of Courter's paintings were Midwestern people in a variety of outdoor settings. Recently she began to realize a draw to the environment, itself, over the human figure. Consequently, her recent work focuses on the form of landscapes, predominantly those in Iowa.
The paintings depict the subtleties of color, texture, light and pattern. Courter says, "I am drawn to winding gravel roads, tall grasses, fields that "go on forever", tree groves, clouds and sky, and how they all fit together. The Iowa countryside is full of pictures ready to be painted, and I wait with anticipation for the view at the top of a hill or just around the next curve in the road."