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My work concentrates on themes of migration, the myth of belonging, and the decisions made by ancestors to plant roots, literally and figuratively. I work primarily with gouache on paper for intimate creations and oil on wood when working large. 

My inspiration stems from the rich tapestry of folk art of my Swedish heritage and, in particular, the multi-generational flower farm of my childhood.  I am expressing a lifelong love and appreciation for flora in all forms from the perspective of a child exploring an abundant nighttime garden. I utilize a dark background against an explosion of color to pull the viewer into a portal of dreamy summer nights and illuminated visions of nature brimming with innocence and imagination. The chaotic flower gardens serve as love letters to my father and ancestors; within these love letters, I find belonging.


1990, Moore College of Art and Design, BFA, Graphic Design


Moore College of Art and Design Alumni Show, 2024

Avondale Arts Alliance 2023-24

Decatur Arts Alliance 2023

Goat Farm Atlanta GA 2017-2019

Wild Oats and Billy Goats 2015-2019

Decatur Market and Gallery 2013-2015

Grant Park Collective (The Mattress Factory) Atlanta GA 2002

WhiteSpace Gallery Christmas Show, Atlanta GA 2002
Alysia Duckler Gallery, Portland OR 1997-98
Red River Gallery, Atlanta GA 1997-98

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