Heterodox. Crazy Cat Lady. Chroma Engrossed. Sarcastic Goofball.
I grew up on a farm near Madison, Minnesota, and now reside in urban Minneapolis. My passion to create has been life-long. The need to progress and play with trial and observation through sporadic thought is a constant. Boredom is a concept that does not exist in my world. Intimate details and curiosity fascinate me; they are a driving force. I love the unorthodox, the contemporary, the modern, the abstract.
I received a Bachelor of Science majoring in Interior Design from The Art Institutes International. Through college I fell in love with interior design, architecture, and landscape architecture. The three are holistic, all working together to create the ultimate experience. These days, in addition to producing art, I work with architects, interior designers, and landscape architects to create space in both natural and built worlds.
Early on my focus was heavily on graphite and sculptural worlds. Upon graduating from college I started “seriously” dipping my toes in the painting pool. Immediately it sparked life within me. Suffering chronic health issues, painting revived my spirit and made enduring constant pain much more tolerable. Thankfully, the difficult times led to a bright and colorful existence. In addition to pain relief, the need to create serves as the only inspiration. There's no rhyme or reason other than what "feels right". Nothing is ever planned; only working on a spur of the moment. As a massive perfectionist and control-freak, the talent of “letting go” and being in the moment was something I struggled with in my early years. Once immersing myself into painting, I trained myself to ignore those controlling ways and let intuition take the wheel, or paintbrush, I should say.
Through this glorious process I have been lucky enough to be asked to display works during New York Fashion Week; donate to the 26th Annual Beastly Ball for the Minnesota Zoo; show and host art shows across the twin cities & Midwest; commissioned works internationally as well as locally. As well as displaying works, I've been interviewed by some wonderful human beings. If interested in more direct commentary from myself, feel free to check out one of the interviews at: castlefoundations.com. I have also had the pleasure of being selected by Minnesota Original (www.mnoriginal.org) to be a featured artist on TPT which aired January 31st, 2016. Click here to watch the feature online.