“To me, there is nothing quite as visually joyful as the interplay of colors. And color—like time, space, and sound—has no beginning or end. The compositional possibilities are infinite.”

Artwork Out and About

I'm always pleased to support organizations and ideas that fit with things I hold dear. This month, the delightful Grand Hand Gallery has invited me to set up an educational table in their gallery. Come and visit this excellent gallery this month--it's buzzing with...

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The Monarch

In all its stages—from caterpillar, to chrysalis, to butterfly—the Monarch is a splendidly beautiful creature. Mother Nature had tricks up her sleeve when she created a miniscule ivory-colored egg, that transforms into 1) a spunky black, yellow, and white striped...

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Creepy Warm Weather

Cheers and happy holidays! It was announced today that the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Paris has come to a successful conclusion. Headlines are touting an "historic turning point" in turning the tide on global warming. I hope so. Today in Minnesota it is an...

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June is Bursting Out All Over

  Summer. I'm too distracted to paint! As a member of Wild Ones--an organization dedicated to "Healing the Earth one yard at a time"-- I have been spending time by Lake Nokomis volunteering on the community Naturescape. This is a fabulous native wildflower garden...

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Where Does My Art Find A Home?

Where does my art end up after it is purchased? Usually, I don't know. Working through art galleries and art consultants is wonderful, but I rarely see what happens to my artwork after it is sold. The same is true for works purchased directly from me. So, it is...

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Seasons on St. Croix: Opening Night

Most artists I know (OK, I'm really just talking about myself here...) lean toward the introversion side of the scale (extroversion being the other side, and boy, from way over here it looks so much easier way over there). Openings can feel daunting. But with the...

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Spending the Summer at Your Art’s Desire

Your Art's Desire gallery is a well curated gallery and frame shop located in Minnetonka, Minnesota. I'm happy to have numerous works hanging out there for the summer in this locally owned gem.  Their current exhibit "Hesitant Hues" (there's a story behind that title...

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Life Through the Lens of a Six Year Old

Several years ago we took a road trip across South Dakota--the land of long, lonely, wonderful landscapes--to see Mt. Rushmore, the Black Hills, and Devil's Tower. My then six-year-old daughter, Lucy, decided she was going to take charge of the camera on this trip. We...

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Let’s Put on a Show!

Too much artwork or not enough?A big thank you to The Phipps Center for the Arts for its professionalism and fabulous gallery space: 53 pieces of my artwork fit perfectly. A few glimpses of the event:...

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The Color of Joy

The one question I am most often asked about my work is: where do you get your ideas? Most of my works come to life from a single notion: what colors do I want to introduce to one another in a painting? Sometimes the result is an exuberant riot of color; and if I want...

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Parade of Homes 2012 Showcase Home

I'm tickled pink to have 14 of my paintings in this year's Parade of Homes Showcase Home (#293, Interlachen Blvd. in Edina). While the home weighs in at 5,120 square feet, it does not feel McMansion-ish. Rather, it is a home that appears all the space will be put to...

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Making Art is Actually Work

Before wading into this post I will make a declaration: Working as a professional artist is wonderful. I wouldn't want to be doing anything else. Period. But having declared my love for the career I have chosen, I will declare something else: professional art-making...

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What I Did on My Summer Vacation: Part Deux

Oregon. Empty beaches. Tilamook anything. The Pearl District.  You can go skiing in the mountains and get to the beach within hours.  From wine country to Crater Lake, to the "fruit loop" near Mount Hood, Oregon is wide open to explore.  And a well kept secret.  Is it...

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What I Did On My Summer Vacation

Summer lasts about 10 minutes in Minnesota so you have to drop what you're doing or you'll miss it.  Because summer = color, it is a great time of year to seize inspiration where you can find it. Last summer was all about the sparkling colors of Bretagne, France. We...

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Don’t Wear Your White Shirt

I have worked as a professional artist for the past 20 years.  Most of my sales are through third parties--vendors, art consultants, galleries.  It is only in the past four years, from my studio in Northeast Minneapolis, that I have sold directly to the public.  And...

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Secrets They Never Tell You

Back in the day when I was working on my MBA and studying for the CPA exam, I had no idea there was such a thing as the "art business."  Surely I knew people went to art school (so that's what that funky looking building is over on the West Bank). But I had no clue...

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