Since the mid 1990s, my work has involved the creation of conceptually based landscapes around me. Either being of Minnesota, Idaho, Montana, Northern California or English country side. At the Art Institute International of Minnesota, I was taught in the techniques of drawing with pastels and acrylic mediums. While studying at the Art Institute my education reveals the value of drawing beauty all around us. In the spring of 2004, I was invited to show my watercolour pieces at Northrup King Building during Art A Whirl. Ever since then, it has open a new and exciting world of opportunity for local artists. I am currently working out of home based art studio in St. Paul, Minnesota.
I’ve been witness to a love so much bigger than myself and forgiveness that stretches to the open waters. This love and forgiveness have enabled me to forgive past relationships that cut me deeply and to build the self-worth to forgive myself. These pieces are about the progression from forgiving and letting go of the fear, to self-worth and self-love.
Works: Each piece represents a time in space where I was working through forgiving a person. Pieces also represent the progress of letting go. Forgiveness, for me, has taken me some time. But until now, I wasn’t ready. I was full of fear:
“If all I have is hate, what will I have?”
Let Go. Let Love In. Let’s start again.
Elements of my pieces:Circles: are the memories that are being forgiven Faded colors: is what others see me as during this time—as if I seem distant. Birds: are my helpers; I am not alone in this journey.
White birds: are hope and promise of a new beginning.
Media: Watercolors, embossing powder, gold leaf, iridescent and pearl glazes, recycled gift-wrap & handmade papers, glitter, glues, India ink, soft and oil pastels.