I have filled small sketchbooks and journals with my drawing and writing for as long as I can remember. I have a background in public radio, primarily as a reporter and commentator about motherhood. I am a mom of adult children and a Montessori teacher. Montessori education is rooted in peace, simplicity, independence, and the wonder of the natural world. I like to pay attention. I like to follow the child.
I look to the big picture. I like wilderness travel. I like theatre and dance and music. Yellow is my favorite color. I swim in Lake Harriet. I play the piano late at night. I have a humorous husband. I have grown a garden and cooked dinner and hosted parties and raised our children and ridden my bike in the Kingfield neighborhood of Minneapolis for 37 years.
From March to June I was the Interim Administrator at Children's Workshop Montessori, providing a transition from the departing Head of School to the new Head of School. As I drove to work, I memorized a long poem about willow trees. I visited my daughter in Vienna to see her perform. I drew there, and came home to make a scrapbook of clippings and photos and drawings. I was so happy making it! Then I participated in a week of writing at Mallard Island on Rainy Lake. Now it is almost the end of the summer and I am drawing again for the Star Tribune, my reflections of summer in the city.
Here are some recent projects:
On August 30, 2019, my "late summer sketches" were featured in the Outdoor section of the Star Tribune. A similar project appeared in April, celebrating spring. It all began when I pitched an idea to the editor about my winter walks. Then I worked with Danny Neece, an illustrator and teacher at the Berkeley Art Studio, all winter. I took watercolor and drawing classes and did an independent study on illustration.
In February 2018, I traveled to Costa Rica with Tropical Wings, a non profit organization supporting the Sister Parks Agreement between the National Park Service in the Upper Midwest and national parks on the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica. I watched birds and drew. I participated in a Migratory Bird festival in Puerto Jimenez, sharing drawings from Montessori students in Minneapolis with students on the Osa Peninsula.
I participate in a writer's group, producing creative nonfiction each week. The group is led by writer Patricia Hoolihan.
Phunology. I spelled it that way on purpose. It's "phunner" than Phenology! In November 2017, I did a 30 day project. I walked out my back door each day to a nearby park, then to a bird sanctuary, then to a lake. Unplugged. To record with my brain and heart what I saw and heard. I posted the resulting drawings and text on Instagram.