I am a teacher and artist with a commitment to compassionate social and environmental change. I walk other paths as well, including feminist activism and being an occasionally published poet. I am interested in both creative pursuits and intellectual challenges. I am unable to be interested in one thing. 

 

This is reflected in my portfolio, which includes more than one body of work. One body of work examines personal and political identity primarily through self-portraiture, touching on issues of age, power, and gender. My landscape work is more meditative, often reflecting on small, quiet aspects of natural and wilderness spaces. Yet other work explores narrative through rendered objects. A smaller body of work is more conceptually based, involving digital work, mixed media, and explorations of scale. My most-recent work is collage. That work will be added to this site shortly.

I am chair of the School of Art and Professor of Drawing and Illustration at Minnesota State University Moorhead. I teach both studio and lecture courses, including Contemporary Drawing Concepts and Methodologies, Art of Social and Environmental Justice, and Image as Ideology: Power and Representation. I have held national and international artist residencies in remote wilderness areas, including the Porcupine Wilderness (Michigan, 2015), Isle Royale National Park (Michigan, 2018), Theano Point (Ontario, Canada, 2019). I received the MinnState Outstanding Educator Award in 2019 and MSUM’s Dille Outstanding Lecturer Award in 2020.