I’ve been an artist since I was a little girl growing up in central North Dakota. My artistic pursuits of drawing, painting, writing, and singing have brought me great joy throughout my life. Hours fly by when you can lose yourself in doing something you love!
I channeled my interest in writing and visual arts into a fairly successful career as a public relations professional and rose through the ranks in communications and marketing departments in energy, healthcare and higher education. My spare time was spent honing my skills as a painter and singer. My formal education focused on communications and business, but I took drawing and painting classes whenever possible from local and regional artists and online, as I searched for a style that I preferred. I fell in love with impressionistic, impasto paintings, done primarily with a palette knife, and most recently with my gloved fingers.
Photo credit: North Dakota Living
With family grown and career pressures winding down, I am now able to focus my energy on painting. I work mostly in acrylic and oil and enjoy painting subjects that relate to things I love: family, the arts, and our beautiful and greatly under-appreciated state.
My paintings are vibrant with soft edges; dimensional with texture, layers and highlights; and true in shape and form. They are more impressionistic than detailed and precise.
In preparation for my hometown’s 135th anniversary and all-school reunion, I painted a Sykeston Series of scenes from around Sykeston, North Dakota. The process made me realize how precious our memories are, and that the best way to capture the nostalgia and love I feel is in a painting. Each person views the painting of their school, their church, the iconic landmark in their town in a different way, and the feelings they stir are unique and meaningful. I have thoroughly enjoyed hearing from my classmates what these paintings mean to them. This holds true for every piece of art: What emotion does it stir? What feeling, what memory do we want to capture? We savor every time we look at this visual representation of ourselves – our past, present and future.
Each piece of art I create comes from a place deep inside, springing from the gifts God gave me and flowing through my fingers onto the canvas to shape a work that I am hopeful will be meaningful in some way to those who view it, appreciate it, and choose to make it a part of their lives in one way or another.
Below, me in 1st grade at St. Elizabeth's Catholic School; my first drawing at age 5; and a blue-ribbon piece I did in 5th grade that won 1st Place at the Wells County Fair!