I was born in Buffalo MN. When I was in grade school at St Lawrence in Minneapolis MN. The nuns would have me do the drawings for the top of the blackboards. I believe this is where I first started to have a desire to create art. Over the years no matter what I was doing I always would come back to art.
In 1992 I started to work toward a career in art for when I retired. I went back to school for a fine arts
degree at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, Ca.
I also took some classes at Lompoc Adult Education where I learned to work with palette knives.
It was through the classes at Lompoc High School I met Nancy Phelps who invited me to show in her Gallery in Solvang, Ca. Nancy and I started to receive commissions to do acrylic murals both indoors and outdoors.
Nancy started me working in water color.
I felt water color was a very romantic medium, but I liked the control of painting in acrylic with a palette knife.
In 1997 I started working with colored pencils, right away I liked the total control and the fact that whatever I could do in water color or acrylic I could do in pencil. I feel that layering of bee's wax pencils gives depth, purity and a solidness to the picture, yet I can keep the color as soft as I like.
The work I have been doing currently in colored pencils are still lifes of flowers and fruit. My intentions are to expand to landscapes and western rodeo.