Paint is an infinite and baffling mystery,
and allows people to talk without words.
It is surprisingly simple, yet
no material in nature has its power to restore.
Through the centuries it survives to talk to us.
To explain the origin of some themes in my paintings, I would like to give a little background:
In my earliest years, my family lived on a hobby farm, which included many kinds of animals including a hundred head of sheep. To my five-year old mind, this was exquisite.
When I was seven, we moved to Northern Wisconsin near the upper peninsula of Michigan. Here again was another terrific outdoor existence, with acres of huge pine trees on the mouth of a chain of 28 lakes.
My family and neighbors would watch water ski shows that took place on the lake in front of our house. As kids do, swam and boated, spotted wildlife, climbed trees... there was lots of freedom for kids. Maybe there still is there.
After high school I attended Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota for three years, and in another three years graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. The Art Department at the University of Minnesota has a very good program called the Split Rock Arts Program, led by David Feinberg, which I was able to attend twice.
Next I served as a volunteer in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Canada and USA for eleven years when I was married to a minister. We were at ten different churches in those years. It was during this time that I was able to see a little of the world during short trips Finland, Estonia, and many parts of Canada. We lived for fifteen years in Canada; I became a citizen and my son Daniel was born in Toronto. Daniel was enrolled in French immersion through the eighth grade.
In 2004 my son and I returned to the U.S. to Portland, Oregon. He has since graduated from Benson Polytechnic High School and is studying art and product design in college. He is a very skilled cyclist also. In 2007, we applied and qualified for a Habitat for Humanity home. After we completed our 'sweat equity', with help from family and friends, we became homeowners.
For a few years I belonged to the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, and work as a commercial painter. Some subjects of paintings originated from the high vantage points of job sites in downtown Portland. Before that my jobs have been as a nurses assistant, graphic artist and bindery clerk, and an art supplies inventory and sales person.
In 2013 I returned to church activities in a different organization. I also sold my home and moved into a retirement center where I have a small painting studio. In the spring of 2014 I will have the opportunity to attend one semester at evening courses at Grand Central Academy in Manhattan. I will be volunteering by day at our Bible study group's printing plant in New Jersey.
Upon returning home my aim is to offer art workshops and classes online and in the Portland area. Classes and information will be posted on this website.
Hope to see you there!
1987 Split Rock Arts Program, Class Show
1987 Senior Show, University of Minnesota, Mpls.
1992 Pink House Art Gallery, Grande Prairie, AB Canada
1994 Second Street Theatre, Grande Prairie, AB
1995 Beauty of the Peace Art Competition, Best of Show, Grande Prairie, AB
1996 Prairie Art Gallery, Group Show, Grande Prairie, AB
1996 Prairie Art Gallery Mailbox Auction, Grande Prairie, AB
1997 Unique Gallery, Group Show, Grande Prairie, AB
2002 Briccos Coffee Shop, Grande Prairie, AB
2013 Taborspace, Portland, OR
2012 Newberg Art Walk, Newberg, Oregon
2012 Cloisters, Westminster Presbyterian, Portland, OR
2007 IUPAT Apprenticeship Training Program, Portland, Oregon
2006 Nursing Assistant Certification, Portland Community College, Portland, Oregon
1986-1988 Bachelor of Fine Arts, summa cum laude, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
1988,1990 Split Rock Arts Program, Duluth, Minnesota
1982-1985 Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota
1986 Nurse’s Aide Certification, Minneapolis, Minnesota
1978-1982 Northland Pines High School, Eagle River, Wisconsin
2013-2014 ARTIST, Fairview, OR
2007-2010, 2013 COMMERCIAL PAINTER, Portland, OR
2010-2012 MIRABELLA PORTLAND, Portland, OR
2006-2007 CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT, ICF Unit, Portland, OR
1989-1991, 1994, 2004-2006 ART SUPPLIES SALESCLERK, Toronto, Grande Prairie, and Portland
2002-2004 PRINT SHOP BINDER, DESIGNER, Grande Prairie, AB
1998-2002 HOUSEPAINTER, CARPENTER’S HELPER, Clairmont, AB
1998-2002 PRIVATE A.L.S. CAREGIVER, Grande Prairie, AB
1994-date ARTIST, Grande Prairie, LaGlace, Clairmont, and Portland
1982-1996 EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH, Canada and USA
2005-date HABITAT FOR HUMANITY, Portland Oregon
2013 RETIREMENT CENTER, Fairview, Oregon