Whence did the wondrous mystic art arise,
of painting speech and speaking to the eyes?
That we by tracing magic lines are taught
how to embody and to colour thought.
-- William Massey
The making of letters in every form is for me the purest and the greatest pleasure, and at many stages of my life it was to me what a song is to the singer, a picture to the painter, a shout to the elated, ore a sign to the oppressed. It was and is for me the most happy and perfect expression of my life.
- -Rudolf Koch
I have been creating calligraphy for over 30 years out of an in-home studio. In 2017 I took a leap of faith and joined a community of artists in the Northrup King Building in Northeast MN. I am so inspired by the creativity and energy in the building and I am very fortunate to share Studio 143 with two wonderfully-talented artists: Carole Hallman and Mary Tuttle.
I am a member and current President of the Colleagues of Calligraphy here in Minnesota. I am a member of the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, and NEMAA.
My original works have been exhibited and garnered various awards and recognition throughout Pennsylvania (where I used to live), Ohio and Florida and many pieces reside in private collections in the US and Canada. I even have a tattoo design which can be found on its person in Australia.
In 1987 some dear friends were willing to put a newbie calligrapher to work on their wedding invitations. Since then I have created envelopes (thousands!), place cards, invitations, and other calligraphic favors for special occasions.
I am honored to have had work published in Letter Arts Review Annual Review Issue on several occasions. Letter Arts Review is internationally recognized as the preeminent magazine for calligraphers and lettering artists and an award-winning quarterly journal.
I have been fortunate enough to enhance my artistry and skills as a student in workshops of noted calligraphers Sheila Waters, Myrna Rosen, Carl Rohrs, Reggie Ezell, Laurie Doctor, Pamela Paulsrud, Georgia Angelopoulos, Julian Waters, Thomas Ingmire, Judy Melvin, Peter Thornton, John Stevens, and Timothy Botts, among others.
I am married to my dearest friend and soul-mate with whom I have two sons who, by far, are my greatest creations.