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“E-I-E-I-O Farm Animal Series”

“E-I-E-I-O Farm Animal Series”

   After growing up in Montana I studied at DSU and dedicated my career as  an art educator for 40 plus years.  My experience includes elementary, secondary and postsecondary art education. I developed an art program and was the instructor in a federal facility for incarcerated juveniles as well as in women in the Dakota Women's Correctional Rehab Center ND Department of Corrections.  My art reflects my deep passion for rural life as “lived experiences” in Montana and North Dakota. 

   I have been afforded the privilege of presenting art workshops using the visual arts as a “tool” assisting the process of grief and loss.  Art can serve as a means of self-expression, helping individuals to better understand and cope with their emotions.  One of the most important benefits of art is its ability to improve mental health and well-being. Engaging in creative activities has been shown to reduce stress, improve mood, and increase feelings of accomplishment and self-worth.

   During the COVID-19 global pandemic (2020-2022) The World Health Organization declared the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern and officially ended May 2023.  Over the course of the pandemic, millions were confined to their residences and businesses either shut down or were operating from family homes. These social and economic challenges affected people's health and well-being.

   As an artist, I was fortunate to spend my time in my studio creating various art pieces.  During this time, I was able to enrich my isolated life through the power of art through inspiration and healing.  The presence of art in our communities enhances the overall quality of life art plays a vital role in enriching the human experience and promoting mental health and well-being.

    I decided to challenge my skills in creating various visual textural patterns.  During the next six months, I dedicated my paint and paintbrush to create seven paintings named “E-I-E-I-O Farm Animal Series”.  Each painting was named after one of my grandchildren.

Cracked Concrete Wall

Nathaniel, the Distinguished Red Heeler

Zoe the Little Red Hen,
Queen of the Coop

the Curious Lamb

Kael, The Kind Donkey,
Bearer of Burdens

Michael, the Buck Posing for the Camera


Alexander, the Rooster with an Attitude

Izzy, the Purrfect
Tabby Cat

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