My love of painting began as a child painting alongside my father. My first formal instruction in painting began as a teenager with Minnesota Artist, Herb Hultgren. From him I gained a foundation in the basic principles of fine art painting and a love of painting the landscape. I continued studying painting at the University of Minnesota and Eastern Michigan University. Throughout my life I have sought out painters I admire to work with and continue my education, most recently Jon Redmond of Philadelphia, and Jim McVicker from California. I have been fortunate to show my work in many juried shows and plein air competitions across Michigan.