When I moved back to the Upper Peninsula I responded to the beautiful trees everywhere in the forests, now grown back after being logged since the early 1900's. Birch trees especially became a symbol for nature's ability to survive; the spaces between them as important as the trees.
These paintings are also about our connections to what is around us and how we leave our marks on everything we relate to.
The recent drawings and paintings are about healing.
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Tree with Stripes
Tree with Patches
6x6" egg tempera
2 Trees Yellow and Gray
watercolor, color pencil, casein
oil on linen 2015
This painting is in my home/studio.
40x40 oil on canvas
This is the direction that is pulling me.
It's one of the paintings that is available now in Montana in my sister's gallery, The Stoplight, in Anaconda, Montana.
oil on linen 2015
This one is now in Montana, available at the Stop Light Gallery in Anaconda.
2 old birches
acrylic on panel 20x20''
Owned by Deb Karppinen
6 Gold Birches
40x50 oil on canvas
This painting is in the American Embassy in Helsinki, Finland.
Birches with Stitches
oil on canvas 40x42''
in the collection of Adam Johnson, photographer at Brockit.com
Owl and Birches
oil on canvas 40x40''
in the collection of Kathy Halvorsen
mixed media on paper 20x23In the collection of Frank and Ann Koskimaki
Birch for Baghdad
oil on linen 40''x30''
Painted at the beginning of the Iraq war., but symbolic of the sufferings caused by all war.
In the collection of Kathy Carlson.
Owl and Two Birches
Oil on panel, about 24x36''
collection of Kenyon Hansen
oil on panel 36x24''
Part of the permanent collection in the American Embassy in Helsinki, Finland.
40x30" oil on linen
This is now part of the collection of the Hospital in Wassau, Wisconsin
oil on linen 40x40'
I painted this painting when I first moved back to the North Woods. It feels to me like some of the mystical underpinnings of this whole magic place.
Birches and Sunset
oil on linen 30''x40''This painting is the last of a series of birch trees done very quickly, in response to the rhythms the trees make in relation to each other.
This painting is a part of the collection of Finlandia University.
5 Tied Yellow Birches
oil on canvas 36x36''
This is a new work which is part of my current attempts to combine imagery and abstract patterns.
Part of the collection of David Koskenmaki.
ink on paper about 12x9''
In the collection of Phyllis Fredendall in Hancock.
oil on panel 12x16''
in the collection of Anna Gawboy and Roman Holowinski