"I was born and raised in rural Minnesota, in the north western part of the state near the Dakota border. As a child I was always fascinated by birds and animals and had many pets including cats, dogs, sheep and cows. My interest in art surfaced at the age of five when I began sketching and painting. I knew from the start that I wanted to spend the rest of my life creating art. With encouragement from friends and family members I continued to develop my skill and spent most of my high school years in the art department.
After graduating, I continued my studies at vocational school learning about commercial art and then at a university studying fine art. Several summer vacations in Colorado lured me to the west and to work as a graphic artist there. Many years in the printing industry helped me to developed strong discipline as well as design skills which I have found invaluable since leaving the field to pursue a painting career full time. I have experienced ups and downs as I am sure most artists have, but always felt compelled to continue.
Throughout the past several years I have received recognition for my work including many awards at both regional and national competitions. Shortly after moving to Nebraska in 1993, I was asked by the Games and Parks Commission to produce a large mural for the newly completely Wildcat Hills Nature Center south of Gering. In 1997 my artwork was selected to appear on the 1998 Nebraska Habitat Stamp, a stamp required on every hunting license in the state. That achievement was a turning point in my career and I’ve had considerable success since that time receiving four best of show awards as well as numerous other honors in the past three years.
Always the student, my painting evolves as I continue to learn more and more about the process of creating. Over the years I have also helped others to learn by teaching various levels of art classes. Working with many ages of children in many different settings has honed my sense of creativity and allowed me to explore areas I might not otherwise have pushed myself to do. And thus my students have also become my teachers. Looking to the future I see a continued search for growth as an artist- technically, creatively and spiritually.”