I enjoy creating art that explores the importance of capturing significant memories as well as illusive and sometimes misleading perceptions. Hopefully my art contributes to a deeper understanding of diverse experiences and our understanding of places. My equally diverse education with a focus on placemaking includes studying Fine Arts at Wheaton College under Dr. Karl Steele while pursuing a major in Economics and enjoying classes in group dynamics and persuasion. I went on to receive a Masters of Landscape Architecture at Kansas State University where I continued to learn how to impact human experiences through placemaking. While there, I was a teaching assistant for Professor Mike Lin, nationally recognized for his “BeLoose” graphics workshops.
You can often see in my art, a desire to loosely blur the lines of specific subject matter and experiences with vigorous brush strokes resulting in bold colors and vague sometimes abstract forms. I also enjoy using perspectives combines with the temporary effects of warm light and cool shadows to evoke movement, emotions and the temporary aspect of nature. My most recent two-dimensional work includes the use of ink line work with oil paints for a layered effect.
In addition to painting, I have created a series of public art installations throughout my career that explore placemaking in a range of environments using stone, steel, lexan and repurposed objects including:
- “Bridges” that repurposes an obsolete County bridge combined with bluegill imagery on lexan to create an urban gathering place
- “In The Loop” an iconic urban edge for the client’s headquarter’s site that utilizes material from their recycling center
- “Porch Swings and Fireflies”, a semi-circle of porch swings suspended from heavy barn timbers that are integrated with firefly-like lighting effects (in collaboration with TJ Moberg)
- “Mills” an abstracted waterwheel/shelter reflecting the town’s founding history as a milling center (in collaboration with TJ Moberg)
- As well as many others for communities throughout the Midwest.
I have been featured in the following exhibits:
- Art Reach St Croix, “Structures”, 2019, One of three artists with shared themes of the environment and place making. Art Reach St. Croix in Stillwater, Minnesota
- Urbandale, “Memories and Dreams”, 2019, One person show. City of Urbandale, Iowa
- Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport Community Art Show, 2021 First Place Professional Category for “Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Bayeux” currently on loan to the Metropolitan Airport Commission’s headquarters lobby., and 2022 Third Place Professional Category for “Matsumoto's Sheep”
- First Unitarian Church, 2018 and 2017
- Moberg Gallery, “Facts, Goals, Needs, Concepts”, multi-media exhibit, 2012
In addition to Wheaton College, my limited plein air experience includes Mineral Point in 2021 and 2019, as well as studying plein air painting under Kami Mendlik at the St Croix River School of Painting in 2020 and 2019. I look forward to being a rookie in the 2022 group of painters in the Paint Grand Traverse event.