I was raised on a farm in northern Wisconsin, but moved to the West (Wyoming, then Colorado) after graduating from high school. Though I was in the West for over three decades, I never stopped missing the Northwoods' forests and lakes.
Since moving to Marquette six years ago, I've become enamored with its trees, and have realized just how much being near water or in a forest soothes my soul. Trees have crept into my work to the point of becoming canvases. When I'm aimlessly wandering in the woods, I am inspired and recharged by these beings of another kind. When I'm in or near any of our many rivers, bayous and lakes--which is as often as I possibly can--I am my most calm and grateful self.
Night on the Chocolay is the title of a children's book (early reader) I have underway, set in the beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Greeting cards and limited edition prints of illustrations from the book are available at Zero Degrees Gallery.