I paint portraits because I want to bring joy to my collectors’ daily lives.
I specialize in painting the connection between two people – or a person and an animal. The bond between parent and child is so significant in all of our lives, and I love capturing that for a family.
Collectors have reported back that years after they first received their painting, their children still joyfully point themselves out, and that parents are still filled with joy when they see their painting.
I am a member of the Institute of Equine Artists, the South Dakota Artists Alliance, former member of the American Impressionist Society and the Oil Painters of America
I was born in 1971 in the Pacific Northwest to two entrepreneurial free spirits; an artist and a plumbing contractor. My childhood was rich with singular characters and uniquely creative opportunities. My mom sold her artwork at the Pike Place Market in Seattle, where I ran errands for the artists. When no customers were around they would give me painting and drawing demonstrations. I often went with my dad to project sites, creating sculptures with extra pieces of piping and materials.
I studied Fine Art at the Pacific Northwest College of art in Portland, Oregon in 1989-91. Later I wanted to know more about the human condition and studied Psychology at the University of Oregon. (B.S. in Psychology). I believe learning is one of the great joys of life, and am fascinated with art, science and psychology. Since graduating I have taken many art and science classes and workshops (including a year each of Physics, Chemistry and Biology at the University of Washington, painting workshops, and a graduate level painting class).
At the University of Washington I worked as a medical illustrator and animator, and later worked as a freelance scientific illustrator, and then at Microsoft as a “Media Developer”.
In 2007 my son was born I had the wonderful opportunity to leave Microsoft and develop my painting career. I began showing my work in galleries in Washington and California, and painting every available minute with passion and focus. In 2012 my family moved to South Dakota and I began my mission to capture the beauty of the South Dakota landscape, animals and people.
My style has evolved over the last thirty years into something between impressionism and abstract realism. I want to express the wonderful messiness of the world, and give the viewer an active role in seeing and interpreting.
You can see my work in the South Dakota public collection in Pierre, SD, and in the public collection at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD, and at the South Dakota Art Museum shop, SouthWind Gallery in Topeka, KS, and Art Resources Gallery in Minneapolis, MN.
AWARDS & PUBLICATIONS
KDLT in Sioux Falls, SD, Wednesday, November 8th, 2017, gift guide.
KSFY Holiday Gift Guide, November 3, 2017.
The Hood Magazine, November 2017
South Dakota and National Endowment for the Arts Grant for Career Development, 2016-2017
Cover story (page 1 & 2) of the Brookings Register, April 2016
South Dakota Magazine articles
1st Place, Brookings Arts Council 2013
Figure 50, chosen to represent the state of South Dakota, September 2013
Brookings artist featured at BAC, Brookings Register, July 23, 2014
Behind the Paint, Article about a 4 woman show I was in at CHASE Gallery
by Annie Szotkowski, The Inlander, May 16, 2012
Interested in Impact, full page story about my Featured Artist show at Second Space Gallery
by Jennifer Larue, The Spokesman-Review, March 25, 2010
SHOWS AND TEACHING
2016-2018 The South Dakota Governor’s Seventh Biennial Exhibition
Show will travel to
2013 – Present – Paintings available at South Dakota Art Museum Gift Shop, Brookings, SD and SouthWind Gallery, Topeka, KS
July – August 2014 – Solo Show, Brookings Arts Council, 524 – 4th St, Brookings, SD
Dec. 2013 – Jan. 2014 – Invitational Exhibition, Southwind Art Gallery, Topeka, KS
Sept. – Oct. 2013 – Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibition,
May – July 2012 – CHASE Gallery, Spokane, WA
December 2011 – Randy Higbee Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA
August 2011 & February 2011– Tinman Art Gallery, Spokane, WA
September 2010 – Little SpokaneRiver Artists Studio Tour
August 2010 – Second Space Gallery, Spokane, WA
March 2010 – Featured Artist, Second Space Gallery, Spokane, WA
February 2010 – Spokane Visual Arts Tour, Spokane, WA
Sept. 2009, Feb. 2008, Sept. & Dec. 2007– Invited to Exhibit, Edmonds Art Walk, Edmonds, WA