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As a young child I had a 70s style Technicolor patchwork quilt. This was my “nap” quilt in preschool but unfortunately its vibrant colors and wild patterns were so distracting I would spend the whole of naptime looking at all the shapes and colors and trying to make some sort of sense of it all. By the time naptime was over each day, I was always good and tired and ready for rest. Fast forward many years and though I no longer have a crazy quilt keeping me awake, my mind still plays this Tetris sort of game mixing and matching colors and shapes before I fall asleep each night. I imagine it is my mind’s way of clearing itself for a good night’s rest. However, the play of colors and composition are so fascinating and beautiful that I’m drawn to recreate the fluidity and feeling of these images in my waking life. My paintings in oil use abstracted organic imagery and a dynamic palette of earthy color to capture this moment between waking life and sleep.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Tangled Up In Blue...

For better, for worse. For richer and poorer. These are wise words and perfectly describe the conflict of many who have chosen to follow their dreams and pursue a career in the arts.

One year and 5 months ago I quit my "real" job to pursue the career I've been working towards for two decades. I gave in to the ceaseless pull that has drawn me to my studio to create all these years and it was one of the best things I could have done for myself.

That said, it hasn't always been easy.

"Do what you love and the money will follow", they say. I REALLY love what I do yet it isn't as if I'm now suddenly rolling in cash as a result.

Perhaps more accurately, the saying should go, "Do what you love and a rich life will follow". A rich life, I've found, has very little to do with money.

Of course, that doesn't pay the bills. Still trying to figure that part out.

In the meantime, these ups and downs are good fodder for continued creativity. My newest painting "Tangled Up In Blue" is a nod to the ebb and flow of this life I've chosen to embrace - for richer and poorer.


"Tangled Up In Blue" | 24x36" | 2014




Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Art Attack 2014 and preview discount!


If you came by my studio today you'd see I'm not even close to being ready for this upcoming show but that won't stop me from advertising it! Right now I've got work at several locations but much of it will be back in time for Art Attack the first weekend of November! No doubt, the studio will be looking fabulous just in the nick of time!

If you haven't been to Art Attack before, it is a free open studio/gallery event at the historic Northrup King Building in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District. We started the event in 1999 when there were just under 20 artists in the building and getting foot traffic was no easy task. Now with well over 200 artists working on four floors of the building, the event has become an annual tradition and a great opportunity to meet the artists first hand and learn about their work and processes.

This year's Art Attack will be Friday, November 7th (5-10 pm), Saturday, November 8th (12-8 pm), and Sunday, November 9th (12-5 pm).  I will have a preview during First Thursdays in the Arts District on Thursday, November 6th (5-9 pm). As additional incentive, buyers will receive a 10% discount on any of my works on the preview night!

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