All of my work is a reflection of my surroundings and how they connect with my own inner space. The relationships of shapes and colors, the structure holding them together, is as important as the subjects. As I live in the North Woods, each image in my painting is somehow a part of my life here, and the composition, which results from the dialogue of working, listening, responding to the work in process, is directly connected to the inner structure of my life and spirit. I continue to be concerned for the safety of animals. Sometimes I have tried to paint them into a refuge place.
Because I have developed an allergy to oil paint, my new work is all water media on paper and panels. The work in this section is all in collections, with the exception of Garden and Ladder, my first after giving up oil paint.
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oil on canvas 30''x30'
This is another in the collection of the American Embassy in Helsinki.
Ice House and Fish
40x50'' oil on linen
in the collection of Kathy Carlson.
oil on linen 40''x40''
If you look closely you can see the little rainbow at the top of the falls.
This is one of the paintings the State Department bought for the American Embassy in Helsinki
oil on linen about 30x30''
In the collection of Marianne Wargelin
Rabbit in Garden
oil on canvas 24x28''
In the collection of Jordan Louis Siegler
oil on linen 40x50
Painted for an exhibition in New York about 9/11
In the collection of Ross Frazsr, New York
Lynx and Door
oil on linen 34''x24''
The lynx is an endangered animal who lives in the north. He is hiding in a safe place. The symbols on the wall are protective runes.
I like his feet.
This painting is in the permanent collection of Northern Michigan University.
Bear in Boat
oil on linen 2009 48'x40'
A reflection in the water at Lac la Belle, a red boat, a bear.
Private collection. Because I have had so many requests for copies of this painting, I now have
Old rRed Pine with Birds
oil on canvas 42''x40''
In the collection of Miriam Pickens
Coyote and Fireweed
oil on panel 24x20"
in the collection of Pat Tikkanen
Karhu with Blueberries
oil on panel 16x20''
Part of the endangered animal series.
In the collection of Phyllis Fredendall and Hannu Leppanen
Boat and Stars
oil on linen 36'x48''
This painting was done after a trip to Isle Royale, remembering the sense of peace and quiet under the stars. It was used for the cover of the book, Naked in the Stream: The Isle Royale Stories.
Polar Bear with Stars
oil on panel 20x20'
This painting won a purchase award and is in the collection of Bay College in Escanaba.
Rabbit and forest Fire
oil on linen 20x30''
This painting won FIRST PRIZE in the 2016 Northern Exposure exhibition in Escanaba.
In the collection of Ann Fix in Escanaba
Canoe and lights
oil on linen 24''x30''
Based on drawings done for the Isle Royale book. I like the feeling of being alone, offshore in the dark, with lights showing the way back.
oil on panel 18x15''
Rauha (Peace in Finnish)
oil on canvas 31x31''
collection of Kathryn McMahon and John Marks
on the cover of the book, Hidden in the Trees, by Arbutus press, Traverse City
Moon in the Water
Oil on linen 31x31''
Rabbit in the Morning
30x30'' oil on canvas
collection of John Van Pelt
Bird on Wall with Berries
oil on linen 20x20''
in the collection of Gail DeMeyer
Garden and Ladder
color pencil on watercolor 18x18''
The first of a series of works on paper after I stopped using oil paint. More are under Abstractions.