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California Building

2205 California St NE
Studio 103
Minneapolis, MN 55418
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Our Red River Valley farm was my first studio, nature my teacher.  Lacking art instruction but armed with a good imagination, I watched nature make art with light.  It was an amazing lesson and making things with my hands was very satisfying.  I was to realize later that those formative years planted the seed for the dream of an artful life.

The journey since then has been an important lesson in commitment.  Gaining a “formal” education was to stretch over 51 years.  As a parent of 4, art fairs, commissions, and cleaning houses provided income.  I gained a proficiency in most mediums during that time of meeting deadlines and went on to have a studio.  That space allowed me to host a weekly figure drawing group, draw regularly, and interact with other artists.

The early sticks and stones have since been replaced by Arches hot press paper and Baltic Birch wood, while the need to create with my hands has endured. Working en plein air has kept the rich visual memories of my youth ever present.  They have grown into my work, like markers, and continue to re-introduce me to the profound sights and sounds that were never truly absent.  Those moments of first and last light of day, when nature’s presence seems most intense, have served as my principle subject matter.  My search has been to “do drama from the ordinary”.

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9th Street Evening

9th Street Evening is an Acrylic painting done on Baltic Birch.  It is 22″ h X 38″ w and is beautifully shown in a rich wood frame.  This piece was inspired by a brownstone apartment building in Minneapolis, MN. that I often passed by in the evening.  I could imagine that someone had just turned on the lamp after coming home from work.

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Bouquet with Shadow

Bouquet with Shadow is an Acrylic painting done on Baltic Birch.  It is 40″ h X 28″ w.  It is shown in a slender, white, metal frame.  This piece was part of a series of floral portraits that show the power of the shadow.

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French Patisserie

Not liking desserts helped me to work on this image without eating it.  Housemates, at the time, said that it was very tasty.

This image done in Caran d’ache crayon on rag paper, is framed in an archival mat, under glass, in a chocolate brown wood frame.

The total size is 13″ X 12″.


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Pathway is a Giclee print of a large acrylic painting.  The print was done using archival ink and paper.  It is 19″ h X 23″ w, is matted, and shown under glass in a simple black frame. The painting was inspired by a path which we used as a shortcut to our little French village in Brittany.

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Reflecting Shadows

Reflecting Shadows is an acrylic painting done on Baltic Birch and framed in a slender white Nielsen frame,  It is 40″ h X 30″ w.  This piece was inspired by a trip into the boundary waters of Minnesota.  The lake was lush and quiet while repeating its shapes and colors.

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Tulips is an acrylic done on Baltic Birch and shown in a slender white, metal frame.  It is 30 ” h X 40″ w.  The bouquet was beautiful but it was the shadow that caught my eye.  They seemed to plant the flowers.

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Uprising is a caran d’ache crayon image done on rag paper, matted, and framed.  It was inspired by a Chateau reflecting pond of reeds while on a visit to Brittany in France.  It is 14″ h X 16″ w.

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