Growing up in a suburb of Minneapolis, I took drawing classes at the Art Institute. Those years of lessons gave me the springboard to try painting, which I’ve always done in my spare time. After earning a degree in English and Philosophy at Gustavus, my husband and I moved to Germany, where he served in the military. While there, I would take art commissions, mainly of eagles, as you can imagine. After getting my MBA at Boston University’s overseas program, I began a career in marketing. Art was always on the side, reserved for creating a special gift, or painting a landscape of a favorite scene. Now that our three girls are getting more independent, art has come back into my life in the form of a “room of one’s own” at the Schmidt Innovation Center. Landscapes have always been a favorite subject. I love to decorate and have been influenced by interior design publications such as Elle Decor and Traditional Home.
I started painting abstracts as a way to freshen a traditional room. Abstracts become part of a decorating composition. Currently, I am combining the two styles for abstract landscapes, mostly of areas around Dubuque. It’s a wonderful journey that is made all the better in the new studio!