I'm inspired by the extravagance in nature. Its subtle and powerful color and design and endless textural and color possibilities constantly push me to seek new ways of expressing that mystery. However, it's in the studio that it all comes together and I pull from memory, impressions and my sketchbook to recreate my experiences in the outdoors. In my new series of abstract works, you will see this same excitement with color and design. 

It's my intent to pull the viewer into the work and involve them in this search for beauty and meaning. I'm also drawn to the ongoing learning process of painting and find great satisfaction sharing that enthusiasm with others in my classes and workshops. It's my lifelong challenge to develop the visual vocabulary necessary to describe the emotional effect that beauty has on the soul.



I consider myself somewhat self-taught, though I've taken many classes at Century College, University of Minnesota and attended workshops with nationally known instructors.

I served on the Board of Directors of Northstar Watercolor Society as program chair. My work has been featured in several local and regional publications and on cable television stations. 
Over 300 of my paintings reside in corporate and private collections both regionally and internationally. I have owned my studio/gallery, Quiet Woods Studio since 1997."


Selected Awards/Honors

  • Invited Artist – Healing Arts Program, Owatonna MN Hospital, Summer 2010
  • Demonstration Artist-Art on a Line Show-2010
  • Artists of Minnesota – Second Place Honors 2008
  • Artists of Minnesota – Creative Expressions Award 2008
  • Demonstration Artist – Northstar Watercolor Society – 2010, 2009, 2007
  • Demonstration artist and speaker – Minnesota Watercolor Society – 2006
  • Plein Air Exhibition – Grand Marais Art Colony – 3rd Honors – 2006
  • Art Colony Instructors Invitational Show – Frank Stone Gallery, Minneapolis-2005
  • Plein Air Exhibition – Grand Marais Art Colony – 2nd Place Award – 2004
  • Northstar Watercolor Society Demonstration Artist/MN Fairground Show-2005
  • Artists of Minnesota Spring Show Demonstration Artist-2003
  • Minnesota Watercolor Society Fall Show Peoples' Choice Award – 2003
  • Minnesota Watercolor Society Fall Show Honorable Mention – 2003
  • Edina Art Center Members' Show – Award of Merit – 2002
  • Northstar Watercolor Society – First Place Peer Award(s) – 2002
  • Northern Lights Juried Show-Century College-Award of Excellence-2000
  • Northern Lights Juried Show-Century College-Award of Excellence-1997
  • Hardy Gallery Wisconson Juried Show-Purchase Award-1997


Past/Present Gallery Representation

  • Tamarack Gallery - Stillwater, MN
  • Sivertson Gallery - Grand Marais, MN
  • Peter Kess Gallery, Ely, MN
  • KahNeeTah Gallery - Lutsen, MN
  • Arts on Grand - Spencer, IA
  • Iris Gallery - Lindstrom, MN
  • Vine and Branches Gallery - St. Paul, MN
  • Fineline Designs Gallery - Ephraim, WI
  • Stillwater Art Guild - Stillwater, MN



I have taught at the following regional art centers:

  • Minnetonka Center for the Arts
  • Grand Marais Art Colony
  • Peninsula Art Center
  • Edina Art Center
  • Door County Wisconsin
  • Hopkins Center for the Arts
  • White Bear Arts Center
  • Owatonna Art Center
  • Northern Lakes Art Association at Vermillion Jr. College - Ely, MN
  • Avalon Arts
  • Countryside Arts - Scandia,MN
  • Arts on Grand - Spencer, IA
  • and others

I also taught in the White Bear Lake schools in the after school programs and volunteered and taught in the Seniors and Alzheimers Program at White Bear Care Center.


Solo and Small Group Shows

  • Peter Kess Gallery, Ely MN
  • Fineline Design Gallery, Ephraim WI
  • Iris Art Gallery, Lindstrom MN
  • Arts on Grand, Spencer Iowa
  • LeArt, St. Paul Art Crawl, St. Paul MN, Frank Stone Gallery, Minneapolis MN
  • Owatonna Hospitals Healing Arts Exhibition, Owatonna MN