About

I love to combine materials and techniques; this makes mixed media a perfect fit for expressing my artistic vision. There are unlimited ways to combine media and my willingness to explore a variety of these keeps me excited about my work. I find myself enthusiastic about spending time in my studio where I feel propelled by momentum from previous bodies of work.

My style relies equally on intuition and discipline. When I have an idea, I do my best to figure out how to realize it and expand my skill set as necessary. This approach enables me to embrace both the fun and the tedious aspects of being a working artist. Carving styrofoam, cutting glass, searching for the perfect adhesive or substrate is balanced by meditative hours deeply involved in creating.

My Process

I developed my sculptural process in order to make figures that would stand without bases. For the armatures, I carve styrofoam and fill it with a core of plaster and sand for weight. The carved form is covered with papier mache and then receives a final layer of air-drying clay. Patina is achieved with acrylic paint and wax. I sometimes cover the painted surfaces with glass mosaic.

Solo Exhibitions

Lanesboro Arts Center, 2011

Group Exhibitions

Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition 1995, 2004, 2007, 2016

Menagerie, Minnetonka Center for the Arts 2016

Hopkins Center for the Arts, Member Show 2015 - 2017 Award of Merit 2016

Primavera, Plymouth MN 2013 - 2018 Award of Excellence 2014, 2015

Garden Show, Minnetonka Center for the Arts 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017

Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson, WI 2014

Hudson and New Richmond Hospital Healing Arts Program, WI 2012, 2014

Member Salon, Minnetonka Center for the Arts 2011 Honorable Mention

Plymouth Congregational Church, Invitational, Minneapolis, MN 2011

Minnetonka Center for the Arts Faculty Show, 2010 - 2017

Art of the Doll, Robbin Gallery, Robbinsdale, MN 2010

Minnetonka Center for the Arts Figure Show 2009, 2014

Minnetonka Center for the Arts Community Gallery, Ridgedale Center 2009 - 2017

Mentor/Protege Exhibition, Textile Center of Minnesota 2008

Art of the Doll, Pump House, LaCrosse, WI 2006

Franklin Bank Community Art Show, Minneapolis, MN 2006

St. John’s University, International Fiber Show, Collegeville, MN 2005

Minnesota Crafts Council juried member show 1997, 1999

Frank Stone Gallery, Minneapolis MN, two person show 2000, 2002

Textile Center of Minnesota, member show, Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson WI 2001

Lake Elmo Art Center, Invitational Fiber Show, 2002

Elk River Arts Alliance, juried show 2002 - 2004, 2011

Education

Bachelor’s Degree in Art, University of Wisconsin at River Falls

Mentorship program through the Textile Center of Minnesota 2007 - 2008

Affiliations

American Crafts Council

Minnetonka Center for the Arts

Hopkins Center for the Arts