"So, why did you move here?" is a question I am often asked.
I live in the beautiful land of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Although I was born and raised in Southern California, I had an itch at an early age to leave and travel to my true spiritual home, the upper Midwest of the USA.
There are seasons here, and sometimes we experience more than one per day. Actual seasons lend a sense of urgency to living, always preparing for the coming changes. We garden, we cook; we spend time outside whenever we can, as the opportunity to be outside here is precious and fleeting. Too hot, too cold, too humid, too windy – it’s always something here on the prairie, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I live in a very special part of this city called Nordeast, a local pronunciation for the part of town which is neither north nor east of anything in particular. Our house is situated on a hill, overlooking the rail yards and the continuous renewal of breweries and eateries in the artists' quarter. The center of this artistic universe is the Northrup King Building, where I maintain a gallery with several other artists.
I brought my three children here when they were very young, and they have thanked
me for it. You can’t expect much more than that when you uproot your kids and
set them down 2500 miles east where they don’t know anyone. It made
us closer as a family, and I have never regretted the decision. In recent years we have added three grandchildren to our tribe. It is a great place to raise a family.
I am happy to have this website to show my art to family and friends. Watercolor was my medium initially, and I have now expanded into oils, acrylics, collage, encaustic, and mixed media. Recently I was very happy to remodel my studio to accommodate my painting passion - it had formerly held production sewing and pattern-making spaces. When we locked down after 2020 for the pandemic, I retired and decided to devote my studio - and my life - to creating art. You will see by browsing my site that I tag any paintings produced before 2020 as "Early Works." That is the year that my life, my vision, and my influences truly expanded.
Thank you for visiting.