When I was three, I picked up a pencil and began to draw. My parents, who found this interesting, provided me with a table and chairs on which to work. In our family kitchen, at my table, I would draw for hours.
Growing up in rural Minnesota, I had a physical and emotional connection with the large skies and expansive landscape of this region of the country. Along with this response to the natural world was a further affinity with the abandoned farms, the rusted cars and farm equipment, and the sense of the past that permeated this world.
The expansiveness of vision, the large landscapes I physically inhabited, brought me to painting. Here in gesture, color, and form, I could articulate my visual experiences, and emotional responses to my life in a physical world. Abstraction allows me the opportunity to create landscape that is a physical, rational response to external and internal experiences.