I am originally from northern Minnesota. I have always had an interest in art and loved to draw and paint. We lived in a rural area and the outdoors provided many opportunities. I have since traveled and been able to sketch and paint different locations. I usually like to work on a subject that I have some emotional connection to, or has interesting lighting, and color. Painting people has the ability to express a story or a mood that others can relate to. With my work I hope to create something that may stir an imagination, create a sense of being there, or just enjoy.