About the artistGrowing up in small towns of Wisconsin and Minnesota, I didn't have an opportunity to see much fine art or visit art museums. What I was blessed with was beautiful outdoor spaces: fields, hills, bluffs, ponds, rivers and small farms. Wildflowers, trees, rocks and barnyard animals were what I grew to love. College in Indiana and my horizons were somewhat broadened. There wasn't time in my life for art, but I was beginning to see and understand the magic and mystery of it.
In my late 20s, I arrived in northern California with a husband and several young children. Such a busy time - but, there was also the opportunity to start painting classes. California was a hotbed of artists and there were outstanding teachers. So there it began.
By the time our children were more independent we were living near Philadelphia. And in that city is one of the most outstanding art schools of the old academy tradition in the United States, The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Finally, the Thomas Merton quote was coming into its own in my art life. I enrolled and graduated from their 4 year program. I was well on my way.
Art education is an ongoing process. I taught art for 10 years after 'the academy'. There was a lot of learning on my part as I was teaching. Workshops and painting trips in the U.S. and Europe keep me up to date in the art world today.
I have been fortunate to have won prizes for my work in the following mediums: oil, watercolor and mixed media painting and woodblock printing.