I fell in love with painting 20 years ago and dabbled when I could, but never had time to dedicate to my craft until my retirement from teaching in 2022. Since then, I am continually learning and growing my painting skills.
As a teacher, I have always loved learning and the past 20 years have provided a steep learning curve and a lot of fun!
While I use both acrylic and watercolor, watercolor is truly my first love.
I’m thrilled to be back in Port Wing for the Plein Air Painting Festival!
I have been painting off and on (mostly off) since I was in elementary school. Oil paint is my medium of choice. Landscape is my preferred subject. Seems like water, rocks, trees, sky, and the play of light draw me to their constant beauty and ever-changing characteristics. The oil painting process reveals both inspiring, pleasing surprises and disappointments alike—depending on the day! Painting in Port Wing is a highlight of my painting experience
When I move from my familiar studio space into the outdoors to paint, I am challenged by the vastness of the space, the naturalness of the light, the smells, colors, and the textures of the visual space. Getting out of the studio forces me to recalibrate – to move from an internal way of seeing to an outward form of seeking. This transition is profound for me and on many levels, fuels my painting and is full of surprises and challenges. When we look, we feel. Taking time, sitting, breathing, smelling, looking, and observing these spaces and places, is a powerful exercise to help one identify where one truly is. I enjoy returning to Port Wing to explore, re-charge, learn, and to celebrate the invigorating challenge of painting the landscape. I am a visual and musical artist, and my studio is in Shoreview, MN.