Research and Interest
I have roughly 14 years of academic and professional experience in the fine arts focused primarily in the areas of drawing and printmaking. I teach beginning drawing classes for both the A/LA and Art departments at NDSU, and these classes are built upon the development of traditional freehand methods. My current research includes the study and utilization of 15th and 16th century drawing and relief printmaking techniques for the production of contemporary woodcut prints.
Current Research/ Exhibits
"Area Printmakers," Kaddatz Gallery, Fergus Falls, Mn, 2011
"Spring Gala," Plains Art Museum, Fargo, ND, 2007
"Prints and Drawings," Reineke Fine Arts Center, Fargo, ND, 2006
ENVD 130 Drawing for Environmental Designers
ART 131 Foundations Drawing
Full Time Lecturer, North Dakota State University, 2006-present
Who are your role models or inspiring folks?
People like Stephen Hawking who face much adversity, yet play to their strengths to have such a positive and profound influence on humanity.
Outside of art and design fields, what inspires you?
Hard rock music, space science, underwater archeology, nature.
What do you wish you had known when you started out as a student/in this field?
I wish I would’ve trusted my instincts earlier in life, and I wish I would’ve kept more of an open mind in my work.
What was your most memorable meal?
All of our Christmas meals before the family went in all of our separate directions.
In your office, you can only have three things, one book, one tool, and one picture. What would they be and why?
Book: Currently, it would be a copy of A Christmas Carol in Prose, Being a Ghost Story of Christmas by Charles Dickens, because it’s a story I’ve always loved. And as I’ve aged it has become more of an important read for self-reflection, nostalgia, and a personal reminder as to what is truly most important in life.
Tool: Pencil, of course!
Picture: Currently, it would be Albrecht Durer’s woodcut The Four Horseman of the Apocalypse. In my opinion, it is one of the greatest achievements in the art of relief printmaking and in art altogether. It has almost everything I value regarding Art and design on an approximately 11”X 16” piece of paper. Efficiency of the highest order!