Painting Bio

I have been painting since childhood. My first formal art classes were at the Minneapolis Art Institute when I was eight. My training continued with many art classes through the years (B.A. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, 1979, College of Marin, 1991 – 93, 2001-03, 2010, San Francisco State, 1994) plus numerous workshops. Currently I am taking classes at College of Marin with Chester Arnold, learning 15th century oil painting techniques.

For four years in the 70’s, I was a gold and silversmith, and had a retail shop, a wholesale business and a booth at the Minnesota Renaissance Art Fair. After incorporating painted jewelry
into my work, I realized it was time to return to painting.

Throughout my painting career, color has been my main passion. Whether I’m doing abstract or more realistic paintings, I always use color to express the feelings I want to convey. As I work on an idea, I start by layering the various colors, then get into a meditative state which gives expression to the images and stories of the painting.

My paintings are created using archival quality paints,
papers and canvases. They are in private collections both in the United States and internationally and in corporate spaces. I was awarded the Best of Show for the International Society of Acrylic Painters in 2005 and had a painting featured in the Artweek April 2008 issue.

Shows:

2014 Across Space and Time, Marin TV, San Rafael, CA

2013 – 2006 – Marin Open Studio, ICB, Sausalito, CA

2013 – 2006 – ICB Winter Open Studio, Sausalito, CA

2010 – Sam the Butcher, Ross, CA

2009 – Twins and Triplets, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA

2006 – Civic Center MAC show, San Rafael, CA

2005 – Seattle Art Gallery, WA

2005 – Marin Open Studio, Mill Valley, CA

2004 – Artisan’s Gallery, Mill Valley, CA

2004 – Marin Open Studio, Art Workouts, San Rafael, CA

2003 – Art Workout, San Rafael, CA

1994 – Pastel Show, Corte Madera Town Center, CA

1979 – Minneapolis College of Art and Design – Student Show, MN

Awards:

2005 – Best of Show, International Society of Acrylic Painters

1979 – 2nd place, Minneapolis College of Art and Design Student Show

Publications:

2008 – Artweek – April 2008

Associations:

International Society of Acrylic Painters – Signature Member

ICB Artists Association – Board Secretary, 2008

Marin Arts Council