About the Artist

Thicket No. 2  I Watercolor + Graphite Pencil 2017

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 protecting.

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 into my life. That creative life is a blend of fine arts and graphic arts for clients at 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 graphic designer. One passion 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.

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EXHIBITS

“Works from the Women’s Art Institute”
July 13th through July 27th, 2019. St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN
“The Great Outdoors: Art Inspired by Wild Minnesota” Exhibit.
June 3 through August 31st, 2018. ArtWorks, Eagan, MN
Lanesboro Arts Emerging Artists 2018 Exhibition.
February 3rd through April 7th, 2018. Lanesboro, MN
“Art of the Garden” Exhibit.  
June 30th – August 4th, 2016 Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Minnetonka, MN
The Paradise Center Healing Arts Program at District One Hospital Juried Show. 
October 2014- January 2015. Faribault, MN
“Look at ART” WARM Juried Members’ Show.
April 2012. Grain Belt Bottling House, North East Minneapolis.
University of Minnesota, Morris Art Student Alumni Show.
October 4 through November 26, 2008. HFA Gallery, UMM Campus, Morris, MN

EDUCATION

B.A. in Studio Fine Arts and Art History. University of Minnesota, Morris. 1984
Course studies at Minneapolis College of Art and Design. 1985-87 and 2009.
St. Catherine University Women’s Art Institute Summer Studio Intensive 2019

BUSINESS

Owner/Art Director/Designer/Writer at Grand Ciel Design. Branding, design, marketing communications and idea generator for educational and environmental non-profit clients. 1996 – present.