Creating has been part of my life since I was a little girl growing up on a farm near Easton in Southern Minnesota. The 7th of 8 children, I remember drawing on the big brown paper that would come on the dry cleaning. Mom would put it on the front hall floor and my younger brother and I would be kept busy for hours! Growing up, my Dad would let me use the tools in his shop on the farm, even though he never had the time to give me the proper instruction on how to use most of them!
I was drawn to art classes in high school, painting sets for plays and knowing I would do something with art in college. I thought it might be interior design, but teaching was meant to be. In 1972, I earned my degree in Art Education from St. Cloud State University where I fell in love with watercolor and my husband! I taught art to elementary and high school students for 13 years.
The passion to paint France began in 1991 after I returned from my first visit there and wanted to share in paint what I had seen. I loved the history-the daily life-the colors and textures. I found the same feeling in the area around Lanesboro, MN, and have painted that part of Minnesota for many years as well.
I have been the recipient of several emerging and career grants from the Southwest Minnesota Arts and Humanities Council. I have also had the privilege of teaching watercolor in Monet's Gardens in Giverny France twice through a program that was called ArtStudy Giverny which was an experience of a lifetime.
Over the past few years, I am back in the gardens again and most recently have been painting what the Lord has placed in my heart to share. About two years ago, I thought my painting passion had come to an end. Upon discovering a canvas that you could use for all wet media, a new excitement for watercolor began. I was the featured artist in the Reedy Gallery at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in 2006 called "The Arboretum Through the Seasons and in 2016 I was part of a group of 5 artists in a showing called "Winter Wonderland-Beauty Revealed" focusing on our interpretations of winter! I can't stop exploring my subjects all over again-finding the story in each one and I've only just begun!
I am a mother of two and grandmother of four, working out of my home studio just outside the Twin Cities. Besides painting, I also teach workshops and private lessons.