Born and raised in west central Minnesota, I am is a life-long artist working with watercolor, pen-and-ink, oil pastel, metal point and book arts. Drawn to the complexity and rich details found in Nature, I strive to show a world within a world worth exploring and preserving.
My father is an artist, which has made me hardwired for a creative life. To create is an expression of who I am and a way to bring calm and purpose in my life. That creative life is a blend of fine arts and graphic arts, art direction for clients via Grand Ciel Design.
This ongoing agreement has been reasonably satisfactory. While art can be the “jealous boyfriend,” the time I spend practicing and making art spills into my “other professional life” as an art director and designer. One hustle feeds the other.
Because I work in a variety of styles, I’m working to keep rivaling approaches in separate rooms. In my fine art, I’m exploring themes and subjects that are intrinsic and keep me curious. But I also have a storybook illustrative style that blends whimsy with design. For this work, I started a little art shop featuring gallery quality Giclée prints and other products.
* 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 it there. Today I live in a house surrounded by tall mature white oaks. It is quiet and peaceful with whitetail deer, fox and wild turkeys passing by my window on any given day.
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
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.
Owner/Art Director/Designer/Writer at Grand Ciel Design. Branding, design, marketing communications and idea generator for educational and environmental based clients. 1996 – present.