I'm a classically trained still life painter living in Minneapolis with a studio in the Northrup King Building. The building was a giant seed factory that has become a well known destination for art events in north Minneapolis like Art-a-Whirl.
I studied graphic design at Hennepin Technical Center, received a BA from Winona State, studied the techniques of the old masters at Atelier LeSueur and finally, graduated from Morehead State University in Kentucky with a Masters of Art degree.
My latest painting series started when I decided to let my imagination dictate the compositions. I wanted to create a fresh, slightly humorous take on still life combining my love of fun graphic elements with good solid painting technique. Paintings started popping into my head fully formed while I was in a half awake state. Dreaming of floating fruit and walking teapots sent me towards expressing the human condition through anthropomorphic vignettes. By the use of objects as opposed to figures, I'm taking out gender and cultural cues and hoping everyone can relate to the stories. I describe my work with the adjectives: colorful, warm, joyful, positive, graphic, clean, modern, whimsical.
The recent pieces have led to some new opportunities in the past couple of years. I had a solo show with Studio Pintura and Flanders Galleries in Minneapolis, I was invited to show at Plastic Art Seoul in South Korea and I was accepted to participate in The Other Art Fair in Los Angeles this June which was an exciting in person event.