Artist Statement / Bio
Red Wing, MN
For me, the process is the product. My work is a reflection and response of my love of the natural world.
I want my work to reflect an energy and directness.
First and foremost I consider myself a landscape artist. The majority of my work is created in watermedia. I paint both on location (plein air) and in the studio. I utilize the opaque nature of acrylic and the transparent qualities of watercolor to create contrasts. As a past president of the MN Watercolor Society, I see firsthand the endless variety of ways to handle watermedia, and this excites me.
Trained as a Graphic Designer, (B.A. Iowa State University) I play with the shapes and textures of the landscape. I try to find rhythms in the scene that translate into exciting motifs. I don’t try to replicate nature, I try to distill, stylize and give the viewer my interpretation, something they can be a part of. Currently I am a fine artist, illustrator and workshop instructor. Through an artist exchange program, I was fortunate enough to have spent three weeks in China painting and teaching. I feel I am only beginning to explore.