A Resting Place

A Resting Place


About the Artist:

My work reflects my fascination with the simple pleasures of everyday life. A bird, an old building, a texture — all conjure for me the joy inherent in the basic things of our world. And while exotic locales may appear in my canvases from time to time, it’s the richness of my modest childhood in rural North Dakota that ultimately informs my work.

 

I grew up in Medberry, North Dakota, the youngest of five children in a town of 20 people. Our three-bedroom house, the property of my father’s employer, Cargill Grain Company, had no running water, no indoor bathroom and no electricity until I turned 10.

 

We were not materially rich but I never felt want. Our lives were filled with the bounty of the natural world -- the immense sky, heat lightening on a summer evening, the northern lights, talking crows and inquisitive goats. We entertained ourselves with creative play, singing, crafts and practical jokes. When I was five years old I distinctly remember my brother Wayne seating me in the front seat of my parent’s Chevy while he sat in the back, foot on the gas, while I was at the wheel. My mom just about had a heart-attack when she saw us drive by.

 

Today I live on a lake outside Park Rapids, Minnesota. In my studio I work with handmade paper, watercolor and acrylics. I integrate leaves, bark, feathers and other natural objects into my pieces. 

 

EDUCATION:

BS Degree in Art Education form the University of North Dakota at Grand Forks, ND.  Additional studies at NDSU, Fargo, ND and Moorhead State University, Moorhead, MN.  Various workshops from 1975 to 2020.

 

EXPERIENCE:

Taught art in Bismarck, ND and in the Fargo Public and Catholic Elementary Schools in Fargo, ND.

Member of Gallery 4 in Fargo, ND for 21 years.  One of the founders of the Blank Canvas Gallery, Park Rapids, MN for 5 years.

Artist-In-Residence for ND for 5 years which included children through

adults as well as workshops for teachers.

 

AWARDS;

Numerous awards from participating in Art Shows in ND and MN.

 

MEMBERSHIPS:

Heartland Arts Council – Classic Chorale, Blank Canvas gallery Online
, Red River Watercolor Society, Fargo, ND.

 

 

 


My Events & Shows:

11/22/2021 - Enjoy

Location: 215 Main Ave. South, Park Rapids, MN

Website: https://m.facebook.com

General Info:

Reproductions of my original bird cards are available at this sight.
Hour are Monday 11- 4 pm, Tuesday  through Saturday 10 - 5 pm.

11/23/2021 - Beagle and Wolf Books & Bindery

Location: 112 3rd St. West, Park rapids, MN 56470

Website: https://beaglrandwolf.com

General Info:

My 5 x 7 reproduction works of original art work are for sale at the book store. They are nice gifts that can be framed or placed on a small easel.
Hours are Monday through Saturday 9 - 5pm and Sunday 10 to 4 pm.

11/23/2021 - Studio 176

Location: 76 3rd St. West, Park Rapids, MN Hours: Thurs, Friday and

Website: https://www.studio176.art

General Info:

Numerous pieces of my art including framed, matted works and cards are on sale and display through December.