ARTIST STATEMENT

As Edward Hopper famously said, “what I wanted to do was to paint sunlight on the side of a house.” I often feel like this about farm animals. Nothing makes me happier than stumbling upon a well-lit cow in a field. I grew up on a small hobby farm where I had the good fortune to include pigs, sheep, and the occasional chicken as members of the family. I have always been fascinated by animals. Perhaps I understand them better than humans or maybe I just find them easier to get along with. Now I find myself a city dweller that spends weekends driving through the countryside to search for the little farms of my youth—scenes that are getting harder and harder to catch a glimpse of, which may be why they figure prominently in my art. Outside of farm animals, I’m also intrigued with small town life and enjoy painting scenes of shops, streets and neighborhoods. Plein air painting figures promiently in my art and I paint on location, from life as often as possible.

 

I paint in the alla prima style -  a painterly approach: large brushes loaded with paint that is sloppily yet thoughtfully laid down. And therein lies the challenge of painting and why I’m driven to paint in the first place. The fun part is trying to capture the humor on a cow’s face or the sense of day in as few brush strokes as possible. I live and paint in Saint Paul, Minnesota. 

 

Training
I studied Fine Art at the University of Minnesota and continue to study at the Atelier of Minneapolis. I earned my BFA degree at Metropolitan State University. I’ve also studied with several prominent artists, including Qiang Huang, Mark, Boedges, Bryan Mark Taylor, Joshua Been, Lynn Maderich, Mary Pettis and Brian Lewis.

Galleries
Wontoot Gallery, Mineral Point, WI

Blue Awning Gallery, Port Washington, WI

Honors

2019 1st Place - Quick Paint, Wild Rivers Plein Air Competition, Taos, NM

2019 Minnesota State Fine Arts Juried Exhibit, Saint Paul, MN

2019 3rd Place - Quick Paint, Paint the Point Plein Air Competition, Mineral Point, WI

2019 4th Place - Paint the Point Plein Air Competition, Mineral Point, WI

2018 First Place - Boulder Plein Air Competition, Boulder, CO

2018 Honorable Mention, Quick Paint, Boulder Plein Air Competition, Boulder, CO

2018 Third Place - Montrose Plein Air Competition, Montrose, CO

2018 Judge - Paint The Point Plein Air Competition, Mineral Point, WI

2017 People's Choice Award - Banfill Locke Center for the Arts, Member Show

2017 Award of Distinction - Banfill Locke Center for the Arts, Member Show

2017 Honorable Mention - Artistry Gallery, Juried Member Exhibit

2017 Honorable Mention - Minnesota State Fair, Juried Fine Art Competition

2017 The Ron Merchant Award of Excellence - Minnesota State Fair, Juried Fine Art Competition

2017 Judge's Choice - Wyoming Art Center, Juried Member exhibition

2017 Judge,s Pick - DailyPaintworks, Monthly Competition 

2017 Merit Award - American Women Artists Spring Show 

2017 Third Place - DailyPaintworks, Monthly Competition

2017 Honorable Mention Quick Paint - Bucks County Plein Air Competition, Bucks Country, PA

2016 Best in Show - Paint the Point Plein Air Competition, Mineral Point, WI
2016 Minnesota State Fair Fine Art Juried Competition and Exhibition, St. Paul, MN

2016 First Place - DailyPaintworks Online, January Competition
2016 American Women Artists 2016 Spring Online Juried Show
2015 DailyPaintworks, Monthly Competitions, Judge’s Pick - August, September and October
2015 Minnesota State Fair Fine Art Juried Competition and Exhibition, St. Paul, MN

 

Exhibitions

2019 Farm Works, Solo Show, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Hopkins, MN

2019 Farm and Country, Solo Show, Lake City Arts Center, Lake City, IA

2019 Cattle Call - Solo Show, Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson, WI

2018 Roadside Attractions, Solo Show, Artistry Gallery, Bloomington, MN

2018 Back to the Farm - Solo Show, Banfill-Locke Center of the Arts, Fridley, MN

2017 Pacific Northwest Plein Art Exhibit, Maryhill Art Museum, MaryHill, WA

2017 Hudson Hospital - Solo Show, Hudson, WI

2017 heART of Italy, New York, NY

2016 Plein Air Duluth: Paint Du Nord Exhibition, The Duluth Art Institute, Duluth, MN 
2016 Douglas Land Conservancy Plein Air Invitational Show, Castle Rock, CO
2016 Farm Works at Frameworks Gallery (Solo Show), St. Paul, MN
2015 Plein Air Painters of Minnesota Annual Show, St. Paul, MN

 

Other
2019 Star Tribune "10 Must See Pieces at the Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Show", August 23, 2019

2016 "Great Animal Escape Stories", Windhorse Books Publishers, book illustration
2015 DailyPaintworks, Spotlight Artist - June

Professional Affiliations
Oil Painters of America
American Women Artists
Outdoor Painters of Minnesota