“I paint to find balance in my life: to ‘unplug’ from all the busy-ness of life. My art-making helps me to relax and go deeper inside myself and to express my deepest emotions. I want to share the beauty and serenity I find in nature with a broader audience. I have always had a strong connection to nature. I have been blessed in my life to live in spaces that provide me with much inspiration. I like to paint ‘en Plein air’ whenever possible, as I find direct observation to be the purest form of painting.
I am blessed to live on Lake Superior in northeastern Minnesota. The lake and its environment have long been the inspiration for my work. It is my intent to bring the viewer into my work to discover the many layers that go into my paintings. I love to build up the surface of a painting to make the painting have more depth, thereby creating a deeper meaning that goes beyond the surface of a painting. I will often paint with acrylic as an underpainting or a sketch; in the opposite or complementary color of the oil or alkyd, that will go over the underpainting. This provides more depth and movement in work. My art makes my soul happy. It provides me with an exploration –to find new ways to express myself –to ‘stretch’ myself. I love to discover new techniques to enhance my work! Painting has become an internal necessity – like breathing, sleeping, eating, and drinking! It is my hope that the viewer can truly slow down and “drink in” the beauty of God’s creation. It is truly magnificent! “