I was born and raised on a farm in western North Dakota where the prairie meets the sky. My parents had a cattle and wheat farm which is where I first became infatuated with light. Sunsets there in the summer can turn everything pink and gold and shadows are truely purple! My love for animals came from both my parents who took in all strays and showed such tenderness to them.
I graduated from the U. of North Dakota, was married and began raising two children . My husband and I have lived on a lake in northern Minnesota for 30 years and can't imagine being any place else. We share our home with a cat, George, who was rescued from a fire and Gracie who is also a rescue and Millie our newest rescue a sweet freckled dog who is quickly winning our hearts. Everyday is an inspiration and a gift, even when it is 40 degrees below zero! I have a B.F.A. but had never worked in watercolors until 1989.
Being juried into a number of national and international shows has been exciting but even more exhilerating for me is being published in Splash 7, Splash 9, Watercolor Magic, International Artist Magazine, The American Artist Magazine and a book "How Did You Paint That" by International Artist Magazine. It is volume 2 of still life and florals. I have written a book for North Light which is entitled, "A Celebration of Light".
The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider's web.
This is the back door to our home and once inside you will end up in my studio which over looks the lake! I really enjoy the view both summer and winter. I find being in my home works well for me rather than having a studio out of the home. I can get so much more done it seems and who wants to run to a studio in -40 degree weather when you can just stay inside?
Here I am working on a drawing of some lilies in my garden...I have alot of flowers to paint here but such a short season that I end up taking photos to work from most of the time.