Who I Am
I am presently painting with whiskey. My family history, past and present, is impacted by whiskey, specifically Kessler's Whiskey, a cheap bar whiskey. If you watch the video about my father you will understand why. Mine is an Irish family with the usual tropes of love, booze, laughs, and sadness. A number of my whiskey paintings are based on old family photographs.
I have a broad practice, painting abstracts, portraits, landscapes and more.
As an artist with University degrees in literature and writing, I attempt to incorporate ideas from literature into many of my paintings. I want my paintings to tell a story or raise questions. Many of my paintings are very textured, as I utilize acrylics, pumices and gels, as well as sand, clay and gravel from my land. I also paint with oil pastels, oil sticks, and enamel latex paints.
Things that have had a history, which have been touched by joy and sorrow, which are slowly falling apart, intrigue me. I am drawn to old houses, faces, and the untold stories each holds. That said, I try to make art fun and I enjoy creating what I like. I take chances and surprise myself. I use weird materials and do not worry about making mistakes.
I work out of my studio in St. Paul, Minnesota. I am first-generation Irish; my father’s family lived in or around County Sligo, before immigrating to Scotland, then to America in 1920.
I am a former Marine, Vietnam-era. I have worked in boatyards. I have built grottos and fences out of fieldstone. I circumvented Easter Island on horseback while partaking in healing ceremonies to save the Earth. I have taught in the elementary classroom for a couple decades, which is the hardest work I ever did. I have written and drawn an award-winning zine, called True Story!
M.A. Holistic Education, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan
B.S. Existential Literature, Written Communications, Eastern Michigan University
2020 Art submission accepted to "Foot in the Door 5: The Virtual Exhibition" at the Minneapolis Institute of Art
2020 "Mid-Century Modern" is accepted by Artforce for display at e Minneapolis Convention Center
2019 Video Interview Concerning Whiskey and Art: Taylor Street Sessions (Minneapolis, MN). Interview starts at 2:49.
2019 Twin Spirits Distillery, Minneapolis, MN
2019 Taylor Street Sessions, Spring 2019. Minneapolis, MN. One-person show.
2018 Art to Change the World, Squireel Haus Gallery. Group show.
2018 Twin Spirits Distillery, Minneapolis, MN
2018 Taylor Street Sessions, Spring, 2018. Minneapolis, MN. One-person show.
2017 Artless Bastard, De Pere, WI. Group show.
2017 NEMAA Rejection Show, Northrup King Bldg. Minneapolis, MN
2017 Squidink Gallery. Online show. (squidinkartwork.com/gallery)
2016 NEMAA Fall Fine Arts Show, Minneapolis, MN
2016 Wyoming Creative Arts Show, Wyoming, MN
2015 Flow Art Space, Salon, St. Paul, MN ("No Mortgage"). Group show.
2015 Milaca Arts Center, Two-Person Show, Milaca, MN
2014 Blue Mountain Gallery, Juried Exhibition, New York, New York ("Exhale", Juror: John Dubrow)
2014 Image Art Show, Group Exhibition, Braham, MN
2014 Alexandria Museum of Art (AMOA), 27th Annual September Competition, Alexandria, Louisiana ("Woman with a Cigar", Award: Honorable Mention, Juror: John Michalopoulos)
2014 Flow Art Space, Women Exhibit, St. Paul, MN ("Woman with a Cigar")
2013 Image Art Show, Group Exhibition, Sandstone, Minnesota ("Four Women Looking", Award: Honorable Mention, Jurors: Melissa Metzler and James Grittner)
2013 St. Cloud Fall Art Crawl, St. Cloud, MN
2013 Grand Cafe, One-Person Show, Minneapolis, MN
2013 St. Cloud Spring Art Crawl, St.Cloud, MN
2013 McKnight Foundation Individual Artist Grant
2012 Image Art Show, Olgivie, MN
2005 Utne Magazine Independent Press Awards, Winner, General Excellence: True Story! zine.