About the artist.

Outside My Window* I Graphite Pencil 2014

My father is an artist, so you could say I’m hardwired for a creative life. I have to create as an expression of who I am and to creating calm and purpose in my life. Early on, I knew I couldn’t realistically support myself solely on creating artwork, so I did the closest thing I knew and became a graphic designer and art director.

This ongoing agreement has been reasonably satisfactory. While art can be a “jealous boyfriend,” the time I spend practicing and making art spills into my other professional life as a designer. One side feeds the other.

* I am happy to say my window view is much better these days. The above drawing was done while I was living in a townhome association. I did not like there. Today I am surrounded by very old white oaks. It is quiet and peaceful. Occasionally a family of deer wanders by my window, too.

EDUCATION
Graduated with honors from the University of Minnesota, Morris with a B.A. in Studio Fine Arts and Art History. 1984
Course studies at Minneapolis College of Art and Design. 1985-87 and 2009.

BUSINESS
Owner/Art Director/Designer/Writer at Grand Ciel Design. Branding, design and marketing communications. 1996 – present.

EXHIBITS
UMM Art Student Alumni Show. October 4 through November 26, 2008. HFA Gallery, UMM Campus, Morris, MN
WARM Juried Group Show. Spring 2012. North East Minneapolis.
The Paradise Center Healing Arts Program at District One Hospital Juried Show. October 2014- January 2015. Faribault, MN
Art of the Garden Exhibit June 30th – August 4th, 2016 Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Minnetonka, MN