In 2006, I enrolled in a pottery class at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts – a decision that changed the course of my life. Over the next eight years, I perfected my pottery techniques, but I was intrigued by Expressionistic and Abstract art and yearned to learn more about it. With encouragement from a fellow potter, I signed up for an abstract art class in 2014 and uncovered a surprising new passion.
I stumbled upon my abstract painting style and technique because of my desire to eliminate wasted paint. Running a texture tool through the paint left on my palette paper and applying the paper directly on canvas, produced spontaneous shapes, designs, textures and combinations of colors that were often unexpected and aesthetically exciting. I am constantly experimenting and changing my paper and canvas techniques.
My abstract expression has now begun to flow into my pottery glazing and my paintings are often becoming reflections of the patterns in the world around me. Creating artwork brings great joy to my life.