• artist's statement

    Paint is infinite and baffling,and allows people to talk without words. It is surprisingly simple, yet no material in nature has its power to restore. Through the centuries it survives

  • biographical information

    When I was little my family lived on a small farm, with animals, including a hundred head of sheep. In my five-year old mind, this was exquisite.

    Later our family moved to Wisconsin, near the upper peninsula of Michigan. This was another outdoor existence, with acres of pines and many lakes for swimming, boating, spotting wildlife, climbing trees, and general exploring.

    An interim of 32 years of lifes ups and downs passed before the author was reconnected with her former classmate. She found employment in his state of Tennessee as an antique piano action technician, restoring the inside mechanisms of antique upright pianos. Soon after Rob and Carrie married.

    After taking their honeymoon to their home region, they decided to make their home further north in the Keweenaw Peninsula of Michigan, where there is the "world's cleanest air" and Lake Superior.

  • curriculum vitae


    2012 Cloisters, Westminster Presbyterian, Portland, OR

    2012 Newberg Art Walk, Newberg, OR

    2013 Taborspace, Portland, OR

    1997 Unique Gallery, Group Show, Grande Prairie, AB

    2002 Briccos Coffee Shop, Grande Prairie, AB

    1996 Prairie Art Gallery, Group Show, Grande Prairie, AB

    1996 Prairie Art Gallery Mailbox Auction, Grande Prairie, AB

    1995 Beauty of the Peace Art Competition, Best of Show, Grande Prairie, AB

    1994 Second Street Theatre, Grande Prairie, AB

    1992 Pink House Art Gallery, Grande Prairie, AB

     1987 Split Rock Arts Program, Class Show, Duluth, MN

    1987 Senior Show, University of Minnesota, Mpls.


    2014 Grand Central Academy workshops:

    Portrait weekend workshop with Colleen Barry

    Still life with Sam Hung and Tony Curanaj

    Figure with Sam Wisneski

    Perspective with Anthony Baus

    Cast Hall with Justin Wood

    Muscle Lecture series with Mason Sullivan

    2007 IUPAT Apprenticeship Training Program, Portland, Oregon

    2006 Nursing Assistant Certification, Portland Community College, Portland, Oregon

    1986-1988 Bachelor of Fine Arts, summa cum laude, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

    1988,1990 Split Rock Arts Program, Duluth, Minnesota

    1982-1985 Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota

    1986 Nurse’s Aide Certification, Minneapolis, Minnesota

    1978-1982 Northland Pines High School, Eagle River, Wisconsin 


    2015-2016 ANTIQUE PIANO RESTORATION TECH, Friendsville, TN

    2014-2015 PAINTER/HOUSEKEEPER, Rutherford, NJ

    2013-2014 ARTIST, Fairview, OR

    2007-2010, 2013 COMMERCIAL PAINTER, Portland, OR


    2006-2007 CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT, ICF Unit, Portland, OR

    1989-1991, 1994, 2004-2006 ART SUPPLIES SALESCLERK, Toronto, Grande Prairie, and Portland

    2002-2004 PRINT SHOP BINDER, DESIGNER, Grande Prairie, AB


    1998-2002 PRIVATE A.L.S. CAREGIVER, Grande Prairie, AB

    1994-date ARTIST, Grande Prairie, LaGlace, Clairmont, and Portland


    1982-1996 EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH, As needed; Canada and USA
    2005-date HABITAT FOR HUMANITY, Fundraising; Portland Oregon

    2013 RETIREMENT CENTER, Painting; Fairview, Oregon