I am a Native Minnesotan who has been coming up to the North Shore of Lake Superior since I was a baby. In 1995, I made a dream come true; and purchased a year-around home in Castle Danger on the Big Lake. Lake Superior and its environment has been a long-time inspiration of my work.
I have been a practicing artist for over 40 years and an art educator for over 30 years. Additionally, I am an active arts advocate, involved with several arts boards throughout the Arrowhead region. I have served as the Chair of the Grand Marais Art Colony Board. I am currently the Secretary of the local Two Harbors art club, Voyageur Artists, and serve on the Northern Lake County Arts Board. I have been a returning Artist-in-Residence in Silver Bay for the past four years and continue to volunteer time in the third grade classroom with the “Masterpiece Art Program.” I have taught community education art classes, classes at the Grand Marais Art Colony and am currently on the Artists’ Roster with the Minnesota State Arts Board for “Artists-in-Residency” programs.
My education encompasses an Associate of Arts Degree from Stephens College in Columbia, MO, a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Masters of Education Degree from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN. My mentors include the late George Morrison, Hazel Belvo, Elizabeth Erickson and Mary Pettis.