I started painting in my mid-30s. I had a big old home in Minnesota and needed artwork. I couldn’t afford to buy any, so I started buying used canvases and did my own painting. I studied books about Clementine Hunter, Bill Traylor and Mose Tolliver, outsider artists. They made me feel like I could paint too.
When I lived in Minnesota I would open up my house, along with some artist friends and we would sell our art.
I’ve had one show at the Good Cup Coffee Shop on State Street in Santa Barbara.
I moved into a historic home that the artist Carl Oscar Borg lived in back in 2013. He inspires me every day.
Because of working in the hospice field for the past 20 years, painting is a huge part of keeping me balanced, especially when I’m witnessing many sad times for people.
My motto is “if my paintings make you smile I’ve done a good job!”