When I attended college a long time ago, I lacked the confidence or the support to pursue art education. As a consequence, I am a self -taught artist who began only in mid-life to honor the need to create art while continuing to work as a clinical social worker. During those years, I began to try to teach myself to draw and eventually to paint.
With the support of relationships with local artists and art groups, I improved my skills and found confidence in my concepts. I began to actively pursue a goal of producing credible art. My work, primarily oil paintings, employed simple forms and dramatic color and explored themes related to the inner lives of women. I also pursued interests in drawing the human figure, monoprint and mixed media. My work process tends to be intuitive and derived from emotional memory.
A PLRAC/McKnight Emerging Artist grant in 2005 set the foundation for three solo exhibitions in Mankato, Waseca, and Owatonna. Since then I have had eight solo exhibits, and have shown work in many juried group exhibits, invitational themed exhibits, and group exhibits in local and metro venues.
As a recipient of a 2010 PLRAC/McKnight Foundation Fellowship, I worked toward a shift to new themes, media, and presentation, which continues to inform my work that continues with a focus on painting.
I have now lived over twenty-five years of my second life as an artist. Humbling, to have gained so much, yet achieved so little of what I had hoped to do. It doesn't matter, really. I simply live a blessed life, able to lift a brush, a pencil, a brayer, every day, among friends.