I am a painter, and my favorite thing is to work big. I work in oils, acrylics, watercolor, and silk dye on silk. I have a love affair with nature, and I’m on a mission to re-connect sacred Â earth back into our humanly constructed sacred spaces. I work a lot with churches, as I believe cultural change happens first through non-verbal rite and ritual, and that art has the power to change the world.
I’ve been painting since my dad made me an easel when I was 3. Unfortunately the next day I fell out of a tree and broke my arm on the swing, but the easel was still there when it healed.
A studio art major with a BA from St. Olaf College, Northfield MN, my Paracollege concentration was “Art as Expression of the Holy.”
In 1997 our young family returned for a long stay at Holden Village. My work as Holden’s Artist in Residence spans 10 years, and during that time I made a lot of artwork. I also taught a lot. My teaching there ranged from 5-day Elderhostel watercolor workshops; 6-week classes Â for resident staff in silk painting, acrylic painting, watercolor and drawing; to painting, drawing and portraiture, and pottery for the local “remote but necessary” public school. I also started teaching 7-day watercolor workshops at Grunewald Guild during this time.
In 2007 our family moved to Bellingham WA. I now do commissioned work for churches all over the nation, teach workshops and shorter classes in several places as well as privately in my home.