Friday, April 22, 2011


charcoal on paper
17 x 21

After applying and getting rejected for the last four years, I was just notified that this year I have been awarded an Individual Artist Grant by the Central Minnesota Arts Board!
A much needed and appreciated career and ego boost. The work I submitted with my application was my recent charcoal pieces, much of which I have posted here over the past months.

Thursday, April 14, 2011


charcoal on paper
17 x 22

I am back from the southwest and have been so caught up in picking up the pieces of my life that I have been remiss about posting..... It's a cold and sleety day in Minnesota, but here are two hopeful poems from my favorite book of love poems called "The Ink Dark Moon":

in the word
is usual today.
This is
the first morning.

Even though
these pine trees
keep their original color,
everything green
is different in spring.

- Izumi Shikibu