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My mother painted, as did her father, so my interest in art was always encouraged and supported.  I spent my senior year in high school in the art department - almost literally, (when we weren't skipping school to head into NYC to spend the day at the Metropolitan Museum or the Whitney, or....).  I was extremely lucky that my high school had a creative and dedicated teaching staff.  I went on to study art in New Jersey and New York City before completing my BA at the University of Minnesota.  After earning an MA in Therapeutic Recreation, also from the U of MN, I worked for many years in the social services field.  During this time my art focus slipped off the tracks and was relegated to sketches done on vacations and some weekends. 

Almost 20 years ago I made a decision to make the time for what I had always loved; I dusted off my old art materials and dove in.  Since then my focus has been on working in watercolor.  I worked on the Horizon Series for many years and, more recently, have been exploring non-objective work.

A note on the titles of my paintings:   I number a painting when I start it - purely for my own record keeping.  I like to keep track of the pigments and materials I use on a piece as I work.  Whether I finish it in a month, years later, or not at all, it retains the same number.  I start a new series randomly:  maybe when a notebook is full, after a show, sometimes at the end of a year, or when I feel like a change.  

 

Born:  New Jersey, USA

Education:  Ridgewood School of Art, Ridgewood, NJ

        New York Phoenix School of Design, New York, NY

        University of Minnesota, BA Liberal Arts, Major in Studio Arts

        University of Minnesota, MA Therapeutic Recreation

Selected Exhibitions:

       2017    Art Inspired by Place, Seasons on St Croix Gallery (September 2017)

       2016   Artistry Awash, 8 MN Watercolor Artists, Bloomington Art Center, Bloomington, MN

       2016   Seasons on St Croix Gallery, Girlfriends, 8 women artists, Hudson, WI

        2015   Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition, 

                   Honorable Mention, St Paul, MN

        2014   Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition, Honorable Mention, 

                   Friends of the Hopkins Center for the Arts Award, St Paul, MN

        2013   Minnesota Watercolor Society Fall Show, Third Place

        2013   Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition, St Paul, MN

        2013   Seasons on St Croix Gallery, Of Fire and Water, with Karen Sebesta,  potter.

        2013   Carter Avenue Frame Shop, MN Artists Month, Featured Artist, St Paul, MN

        2012 Burnsville Art Center, Color, Motion, & Landscape with Joonja Lee Mornes

                   and Mary Lingen, Burnsville, MN

        2012    Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition, St Paul, MN

        2012    Two Tigers Gallery, Light, Bright, and Bold, Minneapolis, MN

        2012    Minnesota Watercolor Society Spring Show, Best of Show, 

                    People’s Choice Award, Saint Anthony, MN

        2011    Nina Bliese Gallery, Transparent Spaces ,solo exhibition, Minneapolis,  MN

        2011    Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition, Honorable Mention, St Paul, MN  

        2011    Minnesota Watercolor Society Spring Show, People’s Choice Award, 

                    Minnetonka, MN

        2010    Bloomington Art Center, solo exhibition, Bloomington, MN

        2010    Gallery 13, Ultimate Landscape, Minneapolis, MN

        2010    Owatonna Art Center, solo exhibition, Owatonna, MN

        2010    Northeast Minneapolis Art Association Juried Fall Fine Arts Show,

                    Second Place, Minneapolis, MN

        2010    National Watercolor Society 90th Annual Exhibition, Brea, CA

        2010    Bloomington Art Center, Member’s show, Merit Award, Bloomington, MN

        2009   National Watercolor Society 89th Annual Exhibition, 

                     Loa Ruth Sprung Award, Awarded Signature Status, Brea, CA

        2009    Northeast Minneapolis Art Association Juried Fall Fine Arts Show,

                     Second Place, Minneapolis, MN

        2009    Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition, Second Place, Saint Paul, MN

        2009    Undercroft Gallery, Solo Exhibition, Saint Paul, MN

        2009    Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Merit Award, Kenosha, WI

        2009    Undercroft Gallery, Community Arts Show, Best in Show, St Paul, MN

        2009    Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition, Saint Paul, MN

        2009    Seasons on St Croix Gallery, Small on the Wall, Hudson, WI

        2009    Art Opener, Invited Artist, Hudson, WI

        2008    NorthEast Minneapolis Art Association Juried Fall Show, 

                    Third Place, Minneapolis, MN

        2008    Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition, Saint Paul, MN

        2007    Seasons on St Croix Gallery, Earth Reflections, with Jan Bilek, potter,

                     Hudson, WI

        2006    Phipps Center for the Arts, Horizon Series, solo exhibition, Hudson, WI

        2006    Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition, Saint Paul, MN

        2006    Undercroft Gallery, Second Place, St Paul, MN

        2005    Minnesota Watercolor Society Fall Show,

                     Peoples’s Choice Award, Minneapolis, MN

        2004    Northstar Watercolor Society Fall Show, 

                     Award of Excellence, Little Canada, MN

        2004    Minnesota Watercolor Society Fall Show. Merit Award, Minneapolis, MN

        2004    Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition,

                      Honorable Mention, St Paul, MN

        2004    Minnesota Watercolor Society Spring Show,

                     People’s Choice Award, Minneapolis, MN

        2003    Outsiders and Others Gallery, Strictly Women, 

                    Minneapolis, MN

        2002    Minnesota Valley Wildlife Refuge, Lake Sky Paintings, solo exhibition,

                     Bloomington, MN

        2002    Undercroft Gallery, Second Place, St Paul, MN

        2002    Undercroft Gallery, Third Place, St Paul, MN

        2002    Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition, St Paul, MN

        2001    Northstar Watercolor Society Fall Show, Best in Show, St Paul, MN

        2000   Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition, St Paul, MN

        1997    Northstar Watercolor Society,  Honorable Mention, St Paul, MN

Publications:

Featured Artist, Watercolor magazine, Fall 2010

Featured Artist, Watercolor Artist magazine, April, 2012

Teaching Experience:

2004-2009 Watercolor Instructor, Como Park Botanical and Zoological Arts Program,

                     St Paul, MN