I want my paintings to appear flooded with light and vitality, to express the joy I feel living in such a beautiful place, Asheville North Carolina. Growing up in Minnesota, I was drawn to the language of the landscape–mother of pearl sky over a frozen lake, or sunlight filtering through autumn leaves, seemed to speak to me with a larger meaning.
I found expression first as an illustrator for the college newspaper. Then after graduating from the University of Minnesota and moving to New York City, illustration provided an outlet for my creativity and a way to make a living. Meanwhile I painted watercolor paintings of New York street life and exhibited them in Manhattan’s East Village.
When my husband, whom I met skating at Wollman Rink in Central Park, and I had a son, we decided to move to Asheville, NC. We’d heard so much about Asheville; it had all the vibrancy of the east village with less traffic and more natural beauty. In 2013 I organized the Asheville Urban Landscape Project to bring professional and emerging artists together to paint “en plein air”.