About nine months out of the year I am at my home and studio in northern Minnesota. This magical place provides the backdrop for my inspiration. It takes my breath away to come upon nature, to watch great blue herons passing overhead or have the company of a northern leopard frog in my hand. It is a thrill to observe creatures that are so very different than ourselves. It is my passion as an artist to capture the mystery and pride in painted portraits of nature. The subjects are frogs, insects, crayfish, tadpoles, turtles, fish, birds and butterflies. I do mean that I love it all - their patterns, color and the symmetry. But what is more - is that in their strangeness they are remarkably romantic. They come in many shapes and expressions, some divine, however they are all creations of absolute poetry.