I’m a visual artist living most of my life in Woodbury, Minnesota. For many years I raised a family, taught children with learning disabilities and then taught English to adult immigrant learners. Now I’m lucky enough to have time to paint. It’s the way I play as an adult.
I paint in watercolor and acrylics. A few years ago I painted illustrations for a children’s picture storybook which was published in December of 2011. In recent years I have had exhibits in small galleries and churches, participated in a group show at the Phipps Center for the Arts. In 2016 I had a two woman show at Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts and solo show at Hennepin County Medical Center.
I paint both realistically and abstractly.
Currently I’m working on a series of butterfly paintings. The butterfly is my metaphor for the all living things put in peril by human intervention and climate change. In these paintings I’m not trying to present a specific realistic butterfly species, but instead trying to convey the sense of butterfly and hint at the peril of their current existence.
Working more abstractly has led me to try various ways of applying paint. I can use brushes in a traditional way for a smooth surface. At other times I apply paint with brush or palette knife or spray it with water. To develop texture I often use molding paste, other mediums and scrape with tools. Experimenting often leads to more interesting, less predictable outcomes. I know that my exploration with paint, texture and abstraction will continue to lead me to fascinating places.