“When you go out into the woods, and you look at trees, you see all these different trees. And some of them are bent, and some of them are straight, and some of them are evergreens, and some of them are whatever. And you look at the tree and you allow it. You see why it is the way it is. You sort of understand that it didn't get enough light, and so it turned that way. And you don't get all emotional about it. You just allow it. You appreciate the tree.

The minute you get near humans, you lose all that. And you are constantly saying 'You are too this, or I'm too this.' That judgment mind comes in. And so I practice turning people into trees. Which means appreciating them just the way they are."

- Ram Dass

 

Growing up with views of rolling hills and emerald green farm fields on my family farm in southeastern Minnesota, I’ve felt most “at home” when connected to the landscape around me. I’m fascinated with the interplay of light with our natural surroundings, and the way it enhances — and even changes — the colors that we see. I love to capture the temporary moments: the stunning pink you notice in the sky that quickly fades to dusk, the way a burst of sunlight lights up a hillside, and the dancing blue shadows that a group of trees casts on snow on a crisp winter day. I aim for my work to exude a sense of calm amongst the distractions of our ultra-connected lives.

I graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN with a BA in Studio Art, and from Columbia College Chicago with an MFA in Sustainable Interior Architecture. Many of my pieces are available for sale at Bluff Country Artists Gallery in Spring Grove, MN, and The Shoppes at Johnny Appleseed in Erieville, NY. You can also find me on Etsy, Facebook, and Instagram, and purchase work directly through my web shop.