𝔉𝔬𝔯 𝔍𝔞𝔫𝔢 𝔎𝔞𝔩𝔪𝔟𝔞𝔠𝔥, 𝔳𝔦𝔰𝔲𝔞𝔨 𝔞𝔯𝔱 𝔦𝔰 𝔱𝔥𝔢 𝔰𝔭𝔞𝔯𝔨 𝔱𝔥𝔞𝔱 𝔪𝔞𝔨𝔢𝔰 𝔥𝔢𝔯 𝔠𝔬𝔪𝔢 𝔞𝔩𝔦𝔳𝔢.
𝖥𝗈𝗋 𝗍𝗁𝖾 𝗉𝖺𝗌𝗍 20 𝗒𝖾𝖺𝗋𝗌 𝗌𝗁𝖾 𝗁𝖺𝗌 𝗍𝖾𝗇𝖽𝖾𝖽 𝗍𝗁𝖺𝗍 𝗌𝗉𝖺𝗋𝗄 𝖿𝗋𝗈𝗆 𝗁𝖾𝗋 𝖣𝖺𝗄𝗈𝗍𝖺𝖡𝗅𝖾𝗌𝗌𝗂𝗇𝗀𝗌 𝖠𝗋𝗍 𝗌𝗍𝗎𝖽𝗂𝗈 𝗂𝗇 𝖪𝖾𝗇𝗆𝖺𝗋𝖾 𝖭𝖣.
There are several recurring themes that seem to show up in my work. Among them are dogs, nature, life on the prairie, faith, and music. At its essence, my art is a reflection of all the things I value most about life in North Dakota.
And did I mention dogs, my dog Maggi was a frequent subject of my work… she posed, I painted. My new 4 legged model, Molli, is a welcome addition to my studio.
My work has recently evolved into color pencil creations. I began my career as a pastel artist, often including various art mediums to create unique works of art. My new passion is color pencil work- the time and patience it requires challenges me every day! I can achieve the realism style of art that I enjoy creating with pencils, as time slips away and it becomes a calming/meditative creative experience
Teaching & Giving Back
I’m passionate about teaching and sharing my skills. Art is infinitely more fun when shared, and the experience of creating it is as important as the finished piece, maybe more so. I particularly like working with kids and have found myself all over North Dakota working in classrooms with students of all ages.
I enjoyed being on the Artist in Residence roster with the ND Council on the Arts for many years, along with Minot Area Council on the Arts. I’ve assisted thousands of students to create an entry for the ND USFW Jr. Duck Stamp Program. As life changes -I now stay closer to home to teach in the public schools and offer weekly after-school art sessions.
Kenmare Summer Arts, which I and a friend co-founded 13 years ago, is yet another way to share a variety of the Arts with local youth from many communities.