I am originally from northern Minnesota. While growing up I always had an interest in art and loved to draw and paint. We lived in a rural area and the outdoors provided many opportunities to draw. I have since traveled and been able to sketch and paint different locations. I usually like to pick a subject that I have some emotional connnection to. Landscape painting provides me with interesting lighting, and color situations. Painting people can express a story or a mood that others can relate to. With my work I hope to create a mood, stir memories or create a sense of being there.