I’m fascinated with dogs. Dogs are nifty alien-like creatures which have infiltrated our world. They live among us sharing common experiences. They are our companions on our life travels.
I live with a pack of Greyhound dogs. They are my models and the main influence of my work. They are creatures of speed, vicious predators of small cute furry things, and aerodynamic missiles of death. They are liquid and line. They are bones, muscle and sinewy goodness – a raw, honest and natural dog free of poof or puff.
In 2003 I moved from Minnesota to southwestern North Dakota. I was sure that this would be the small quiet place where I could set up a studio and create work in my private cocoon making work for no one but me. I soon discovered that community is the thing. Sharing the work is not just beneficial, but necessary to the advancement of my artistic practice. Success is sweetest when used to encourage other’s artistic endeavors. Turns out like a dog needs her pack, an artist needs her pack as well.
Making work away from the populated areas of the world is a challenge. I call it Island Living – in our case the sea is acres of grasses. 70 miles to the nearest McDonald’s. 180 miles to the nearest Starbuck’s. We make do. We get by. The landscape is wide open and truthful.
These are the elements which I find most important in my work – truth, nature, line, bone and humor.
Location: Bowman, ND
Schooling: Dickinson State University, Minnesota State University-Moorhead, Oxford University
Degree: Bachelor of Fine Arts Visual Arts (emphasis Printmaking)
Author: Anne Tyler. Tom Robbins. Richard Russo. Mostly read non-fiction.
Food: Stay away from the gluten.
Beverage: I like cream in my coffee.
Bush Foundation Dakota Creative Connections
North Dakota Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship
Greyhound Club of America Research Grant
Work in all 50 US States & 17 countries.