was born on the west side of Saint Paul, Minnesota
on July 30th, l940, about the start of world war
two. My father was a meat packer for Cudahy Meat
Packing Company. My mother was a housewife and
also an excellent artist. I have a brother, four
years younger than myself, and a sister one year
artistic endeavors started when I was about five
years old. My grandmother would keep my mind occupied
by giving me pieces of butcher paper and a pencil,
and have me lie down on the floor and draw. I
would listen to music and start creating my own
images on paper. My subject matter was mostly
people. While visiting my grandparents on the
farm I did studies of insects and farm animals.
I also loved the hills, the apple orchard and
the old farm machinery. These objects were of
interest to me and later inspired my drawings.
sister knew from the get go that I was going to
be an artist and brought my first real art books
home from the library. I spent hours in junior
high school studying books on art and creating
my own drawings. In high school my teacher wrote
on my report card that I showed "spurts of artistic
development and should be encouraged to continue
parents raised me to be a Catholic. I always found
the latin mass inspiring and aesthetically pleasing.
I loved the pomp and circumstance, the smell of
incense, the Latin singing of the Requiem Mass
and the beauty of the alter. I loved the history
of the saints and I studied many of the statues
in the church. The Catholic Church has provided
the world with wonderful works of art from Michelangelo,
Leonardo, and others . My own works of art are
still very religious in nature, having been inspired
by the church.
decided later to become an art teacher with painting
and drawing as a second interest. I attended St
Cloud State College (then primarily a school for
the preparation of teachers) and I earned a bachelor
of science degree in art education. I left Saint
Paul, Minnesota and I found my first teaching
position in Wisconsin at the junior high school
teaching in Wisconsin, I studied at the University
of Minnesota. I met a professor there who felt
I needed to travel and broaden my perspective
and experience. He suggested that I travel to
California. I followed his advice. I lived in
San Francisco for twenty years and then moved
to southern California where I have lived for
the last twenty years.
have been inspired by the art work of Pablo Picasso,
Chagall, and I enjoy the way Ben Shahn uses line
in his illustrations.
must give special thanks to professors at St Cloud
State College. Thanks to Foster Marlow for teaching
me the wonderful use of color in painting. Mary
Barrett taught me the skills of printmaking. Charles
Crane helped me gain understanding through art
Thomas of the University of Minnesota helped me
mature as an artist and gave me comfort when I
was very sick.
Schwab at Los Angeles City College was inspirational
to my success through his patience and informative
knowledge of the arts and techniques of printmaking.