My first memory as an artist dates back to when I was three. I was filled with awe, seeing a ferris wheel lit up at night. The next day, I noted with amazement that the creases on the palm of my hand looked like the spokes and the curves of the ferris wheel. Using a blue pen I traced the ferris wheel I saw on my hand, adding lights and people, until the scene felt vibrancy alive. With pride and excitement, at my artistic achievement, I ran to show my mother...who made me wash my hand.
Everything that was compelling to me when I drew the ferris wheel on my hand is still present in my art today: the excitement of creation; the allure of darkness and color; tension and movement; a sense of wonder, humor, play, and danger. Only now, nobody makes me wash my hands.
I earned her MFA in Painting from the University of Illinois at Chicago. My undergraduate degree is in Theater Arts from the University of Minnesota. I have taught full-time at the university level (multiple schools) and continue to teach occasionally through the continuing studies program at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
I was Artist in Residence at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis, Minnesota from 1996-2010. My residency ended with the DVD to ART project--a personal art project that ran afoul of the local archbishop. Other residencies of note include being Liturgical Artist in Residence at the College of St. Catherine in 2005 and Artist in Dig at a Neolithic archaeological site near Kilmartin, Scotland in 2006.I work both figuratively and abstractly in a variety of media. My artwork includes drawings, sculpture, paintings, prints, labyrinths, and large-scale installations. I am currently devoted to working on a graphic novel about the Camino de Santiago.
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