I was born and raised in Minnesota on a family farm near Austin. Growing up on the farm, I developed both a respect for nature and an appreciation of wide open spaces. Winters in the Midwest were always difficult for me, but gave me a terrific appreciation of the other 3 seasons. This enthusiasm for the warmer weather has definately had an impact on my paintings; both in subject matter and in the colors that I chose. I have recently retreated from the cold climate of Minnesota, and am now living in beautiful state of North Carolina where I continue to explore new techniques and subject matter in my paintings.
I try to play an active role in promoting the arts in my local community. I have participated in two public art initiatives in Rochester, MN. For the “Goose is Loose” project, my “Goose in the Garden” design was chosen by BridgeStreet Residence and Suites. For the “Life’s a Bench” project, my “Song in my heart” design was chosen by Think Bank and the bench is currently on display in the sky way over 1st Ave by Z Pizza. I also served on the board of directors for the SEMVA Art Cooperative Gallery I before I moved out of state.
I have been accepted into and sold my work at several juried shows, and in 2008, I won an award for Best of Show at the Green Lake Art Festival in Green Lake Wisconsin. In 2009 several of my paintings were purchased and are on display at the Olmsted Medical Center in Rochester, MN.