About the Artist
I grew up in a small town in Minnesota, surrounded by nature and with my hands on any crayon or pencil I could find. I remember a time where I wanted to draw a fish under water, so that’s exactly what I did. I drew a fish in crayon, then covered the picture in clear packing tape, purposefully leaving little bubbles since the fish had to breath, and then I covered the picture in water from the kitchen faucet! Practicality didn’t matter, it was the idea that was important. I never wanted to stop creating. Though, there may have been a time as a child when I wanted to grow up to be Rapunzel, it never occurred to me to just stop art--and I haven’t.
I graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead with my BFA in Studio Art with a double emphasis in Drawing and Printmaking, and a minor in Art History in May 2016. During my time at MSUM, my artwork was a part of a number of exhibitions, including my final Printmaking exhibition Lutalica, the 2016 Student Juried Exhibition (juried by Chandra DeBuse), and the 2016 Year of the Monkey exhibition at The Lion's Nest Gallery in Austin, TX for Print Austin. My work has also been featured in multiple issues of the Fargo-Moorhead area juried art and literary magazine Red Weather, and I have presented my work in conjunction with MSUM's art colloquium series.
Today, on the rare occasion I am not in my art studio, I also enjoy reading, traveling, baking sweets, being a cat-lady, and taking care of my many orchids, cacti, and other plants!
About the Artwork
The dreamy dance of a ballerina, the decaying flesh of an old building, the delicate romanticism of nature -- I seek to capture these things that I am entranced by, seek to convey the things that I find beauty in. I am in a constant state of exploration. Every sound I hear, every turn around a corner, every new day, there is something waiting to be noticed, something that will spark my imagination. I want to show viewers the beauty that I see in the world. If I'm not depicting delicate ballerinas or fairytale worlds, I am often combining ideas of nature, vintage and dream like qualities with those of death, decay, and haunting qualities.
Art always starts as an idea for me. I see or hear something and it creates an image in my mind. The excitement exists here -- how do I convey this image? What can I create? Nothing is out of bounds in my mind. Most often my art will be a drawing or print, but I enjoy working with many media and delight in the creating of details. In the past, fairy tales and fantasy and macabre themed art was a driving influence behind my own art. Today, I find joy in depicting the human figure and nature, whether it be a portrait or a fairytale story, something that depicts the beauty of reality or is interlaced with romantic and eerie qualities.