I spent my childhood on our family farm near a small village named Green Isle, Minnesota. The area was settled in a program for immigrants from the west coast of Ireland. Our small farm covered 80 acres near Erin Lake. I have five siblings, and we had holsteins, horses, chickens, pigs, a lot of cats, and a loyal collie named Shep. It was a wonderful time in my life, developing a connection to land, water, and nature.
(Photo right: With two of my sisters in front of our farm. I'm far right.)
I was born with heart defects that have resulted in stroke and 7 medical procedures including open heart surgery. I'm not able to work a day job anymore, yet with modifications I remain committed to my art.
My BFA is from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, with an exchange at the California College of the Arts in Oakland. I attended graduate school at the San Francisco Art Institute. Grants have been received from the Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation; Artists' Fellowship, Inc.; Arizona Commission on the Arts; and Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona. Residencies include five separate stays at Anam Cara Center for Writers and Artists, Eyeries, Cork, Ireland. Other residencies include Rancho Linda Vista artists community, Oracle, Ariz.; and scholarships to Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass, Colo.; and Grand Marais Art Colony in northern Minnesota.
Exhibits include the Carnegie Arts Centre (Kenmare, Ireland); Spring Arts Tower (Los Angeles); Downtown Palace Theater (Los Angeles); Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (Orange, Calif.); Crussell Fine Arts (Anaheim, Calif.); Isabelle Percy Gallery at California College of the the Arts (Oakland); Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art; Shemer Art Center & Museum (Phoenix); Herberger Theatre Center (Phoenix); AE England Gallery (Phoenix); Tempe Public Library; Tucson Museum of Art; University of Arizona Museum of Art (Tucson); University of Arizona Poetry Center (Tucson); Tucson International Airport; Tohono Chul Park (Tucson); Tubac Center for the Arts; Western Colorado Center for the Arts (Grand Junction); Minneapolis College of Art and Design; Jon Oulman Gallery (Minneapolis); Butler Institute of American Art (Youngstown, Ohio); and Cornell Art Museum (Delray Beach, Fla.)
My work is included in private and public collections in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Europe, and Australia.
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