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Artist Statement

I am a contemporary painter. My goal is to create artwork that is strong and colorful. I start by making doodle drawings for a design idea. Next, I often create handmade papers that become part of the painting.  I am an intuitive artist. I draw with wax resist on my canvas or paper first, then play with the colors of pigment. 

As a child plays with materials, I enjoy moving my handmade paper shapes around until I see pleasing shapes.  I also love the process of squeezing out fresh color onto my palette and watching as the magic happens.  The simple process of drawing with wax or a bold marker to define shapes can be delightful to the senses.

I create colorful, one of a kind works of art with strong design elements. My hope is that my audience will feel joyful each time they view my work. Making a mark on a blank sheet of paper with wax or graphite can begin an unpredictable work of art. 

In my work I want to see brush strokes, crayon marks, wax resist and textures that excite me. My hope is that my work stands out as strong, gutsy, and vivid. 

My inspiration is from Picasso, Matisse, and many other contemporary artists who have taught me over the years. Nature is one of my greatest inspirations. Observing the light in a landscape at sunset inspires me to see light and shadows in a beautiful new way.



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Art Resume


2018 Minnesota Artist's Association Honorable Mention for "Poppies"

2018 Gallery 96 Best of Show for "Waiting at the Border"

2018 Minnesota Artist's Association honorable mention for "Pink House"

2018 Minnesota Artist’s Association award of excellence for “Funky Hill Town”

2018 Gallery 96 Honorable Mention for Anna -

National/International Juried Exhibitions:

2017 Red River Watercolor Society “The Picnic”

2217 Arts in Harmony “The Picnic”

2017 ISAP International Society Acrylic Painters on Line Show

“Spirit Birds”

2017 Montana Watermedia Society’s 35th Annual “Still Life with Fish”

2015 ISAP International Society Acrylic Painters 

2015 Woman Artist Registry of MN Portrait Show

2015 Arts in Harmony in Elk River

2014 Montana Watermedia 32nd Annual

2014 Watercolor Missouri International 

2014 Arts in Harmony in Elk River

2013 Montana Watercolor Society Fall Show

2013 Red River Watercolor Society’s, 20th Annual Juried National Exhibition

2012 27th Watercolor Wyoming National Exhibition

2011  26th Watercolor Wyoming National Exhibition

2011 Watercolor Missouri National 11th Juried Exhibition

2011 Arts in Harmony, 16th Annual National Juried Show

2010 25th Watercolor Wyoming National Exhibition

2010 Arts in Harmony, Elk River, 15th Annual National Juried Show

2009 Watercolor Wyoming 24th Annual National Exhibition Fall

2009 Missouri Watercolor Society Spring Show

2007 Pastel Society of North Carolina 1st National Opened Juried Exhibition

2007 Arts in Harmony, Elk River, 12th Annual National Juried Show

2007 Nothing New; Fiber Art from Recycled Materials, Textile Center of Minnesota

2007 Annual Juried Exhibition L’eglise Art Center & Gallery, Aurora, Nebraska


2018 Minnesota Watercolor Show Honorable Mention for “Poppies”

2018 Gallery 96 Fall Show, Best of Show “Waiting at the Border”

2017 Minnesota Artist’s Association Frameworks Gallery Fall Member’s Show 

Award of Excellence “Funky Hill House”

2017 Minnesota Artist’s Association award of excellence for 

“Solar Flares” 

2017 Gallery 96, Honorable Mention for “Spirit Birds”

2016 Minnesota Watercolor Soc. Second Honors for “The Picnic”

2016 Gallery 96 2nd Place for “Feeding Frenzy” in the Wild Show

2015 Gallery 96 Honorable Mention for “Still Life with Crow”

2014 Gallery 96 Places and Spaces, Honorable Mention for “Blue Hat”

2013 Robin Gallery Mostly Minnesota Show, Honorable Mention for “Butterfly Fish” 

2013 Montana Watercolor Society Board of Director’s Award “Birds”

2013 Lyric Center for the Arts, Virginia, MN “Open Water Show”

Bobber Award for “Green Fish”

2011 Northstar Watercolor Fall Show Honorable Mention, “Norbert”

2011 Gallery 96 First place award in Lemon & Lime Show, “Market Bag”

Watercolor Wyoming 24th Annual National Exhibition Fall 2009 ,Third Place Award  “Still LIfe with Apples”

2009 Northstar Watercolor Show, second place in peer voting for the “Rooster”

2008 Merit Award Northstar Watercolor Society

2007 Gallery 96, Artist Choice Show, Merit Award

Regional and Local Juried Exhibitions:

2018 Gallery 96 Fall Show Best of Show “Waiting at the Border”

2017 Extremely Minnesota - Robbin Gallery “Shell Station” & “Still Life with Fish”

2016 Northstar Watermedia Society Spring Show “Woodsy Road”

2016 Minnesota Watercolor Fall Show “The Picnic”

2016 Minnesota Watercolor Spring Show “Coneflowers”

2015 Robin Gallery Extremely Minnesota “Woodsy Road”

2014 Robin Gallery Mostly Minnesota “Daphne” & “Birds”

2014 Hope Lodge Gallery Minneapolis Joint show with Wayne Sisel

2014 MN Watercolor Society Spring Show “Roots & Rocks”

2013 Robin Gallery Mostly Minnesota Show “Butterfly Fish”

2013 Minnesota Watercolor Spring Show “Tulips”

2012 Minnesota Watercolor Juried Spring Show

2011 From France to Fantasy Coffman Gallery on Larpenteur Ave.

2011 Northern Lights Exhibition, 38th Annual White Bear Arts Show

2010  Summer - First Congregational Church of Minnesota 

2006 - 2012 - Northstar Watermedia Society

2009, 2011 - 2012 Robbin Gallery, Extremely Minnesota Show

2007- 2009 North Country Pastel Society Fall Show

2006 - 2012 - Gallery 96 Art Center 

2006 - 2010 Celebration of Community Art Show – St. Matthew’s

2006 -Salon 100 Exhibition, Lake Elmo Regional Art Center

1988 - Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Juried Show - sculpture

1987 - Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Juried Show – sculpture

1985 - Northern Lights Juried Art Exhibition

The Picnic


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