I am a young artist in Minneapolis, Minnesota and I have been painting for almost 10 years. I owe it to my grandmother, who introduced me to watercolor painting and held my hand through the basics. To this day we enjoy attending watercolor workshops and learning from each other.
My work focuses primarily on two subjects, landscapes and wildlife, but has in the last few years taken an unexpected turn. Recently, I have illustrated four children’s books; three about my hometown, written by long-time high school teacher and community member Chuck Brooks, and the other about a little girl who learns not to judge a book by it’s cover in the fictional Minnesotan town of “Moose Pond.” I happen to be working on a fifth at the moment … stay tuned!
It is important for me to make art. As a dedicated Christian, I believe my skills are largely God-given and so to use them to praise God for what he has done in my life is not just good, it is my purpose for living. This is lasting purpose and does not end when life does. You’ll notice the letters “SDG” littered about the site, and even on the back of many paintings. They stand for “Soli Deo gloria,” an inscription that many renowned artists and composers of the past have used to affirm that their work is for the purpose of “God’s Glory Alone.”
I always tell people I’m not “actually” an artist (even though I am) because I don’t make art full-time. In fact, I work in laboratory biology for a biocompatibility company in Minneapolis (I’m a University of Minnesota alumnus, B.S. in Neuroscience). I love the outdoors, excellent food, useful words, and those moments in life you know you’ll never forget.