I was born and raised in Sweden where I received formal training in art history and studio arts. In addition, I studied theatrical clowning and mask theater before moving to the US in 1981. I’ve worked as a freelance maskmaker and performer in Stockholm, Paris, Berlin and Minnesota.
The author and illustrator of several picture books, my work has been acknowledged by a Mid-America Publishers Award, Midwest Book Achievement Award, Benjamin Franklin Silver Award, Minnesota Book Award, and a Loft Mentor Series Award in poetry. I've recieved grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Jerome Foundation, as well as a 2014 Next Step Fund grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council/McKnight Foundation.
I've worked as a teaching artist and creative consultant for more than 20 years, and have shared my enthusiasm for creativity and the arts through The Walker Art Center, The Minnesota Opera, The Loft Literary Center, The MacPhail Center for the Arts, and schools and public libraries throughout Minnesota.
My life has always been an exploration of artistic voice. Whether taking the form of a picture book, painting, poem, or sculpture, my artwork is a means of communication, a kind of storytelling.
My work reflects a love of nature and a devotion to the voice of my individual soul journey. I create from in inner prompting, the desire to evoke a place full of mystery, a poetic space that fuels the heart.
In my creations I reach for a universal language with roots into the archetypal and ancient, a language deeper than my Swedish roots. Like an archeologist I dig for relics of belonging, images that speak to the core of human emotion.