I have been an artist since childhood; drawing is one of my earliest memories. I earned an undergraduate degree in art education and psychology from Buena Vista College in Storm Lake, Iowa and went on to earn a graduate degree in Educational Psychology and Counseling from the University of South Dakota. I worked as a child and family counselor for many years. Throughout this time, my artwork was a hobby for personal gratification.
About twelve years ago, I renewed my commitment and dedication to creating art and sharing it with the public. Since then I have participated in many group and individual shows. Currently, I am a full time artist, which includes painting, taking classes and teaching classes.
My work as a family and child therapist has influenced my art. My favorite subject matter is children. I like to paint them alone in everyday yet ideal situations; when they appear to be unaware of an observer, when they are most truly themselves. I strive to achieve a serene and subtly dream-like quality in my work. My paintings appear to be real and at the same time, not true. As Nietzche said, “We have art in order not to die from the truth.”