I have been drawing since my youth and painting almost as long. It was only once my children were grown that I got my degree from college and this was in studio arts with a specialty in ceramics and a minor in Asian studies.
My father was a dreamer and a soul in search, never weary of this search as a geophysicist; and so, my journey, which started in Colorado, took me to Louisiana, Caracas and Maracaibo in Venezuela, back to Louisiana, then to California before the age of 20.
After a year in college I left for North Dakota for a year in VISTA, then to Minnesota, Texas for some more college, then back to Minnesota where I have lived for almost 50 years. My residence, therefore, has changed over 30 times, much of this as a youth. It was in Minnesota that I raised a family and was married for 20 years, the only place that my children have known as home.
This region of three of the greatest rivers on the North American continent and “land of 10,000 lakes” has seen many challenges; of these, the threat of copper mining in the Arrowhead, the hunting of our endangered wolf populations, and the deforestation of urban areas and forests. Since the lands and waters of this state add to its beauty, liveability and, therefore, its wealth, these threats endanger the long term quality of life in Minnesota.
Through writing and art I have found a way to give expression where no words will do, for almost 70 years now. Like a dear friend once said to me, if life is not for joy, then what? In our search for happiness as we make our way through the challenges of our times, what could be more rational than love for this beautiful world and the joy that this brings?
For a better world.