Who I Am
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.
I work out of my studio in Minneapolis, 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
2015 Flow Art Space, Salon, St. Paul, Minnesota ("No Mortgage")
2015 Milaca Arts Center, Two-Person Show, Milaca, Minnesota
2014 Blue Mountain Gallery, Juried Exhibition, New York, New York ("Exhale", Juror: John Dubrow)
2014 Image Art Show, Group Exhibition, Braham, Minnesota
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, Minnesota ("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, Minnesota
2013 Grand Cafe, One-Person Show, Minneapolis, Minnesota
2013 St. Cloud Spring Art Crawl, St.Cloud, Minnesota
2013 McKnight Foundation Individual Artist Grant
2012 Image Art Show, Olgivie, Minnesota
2005 Utne Magazine Independent Press Awards, Winner, General Excellence: True Story! zine.