I was born in the Upper Midwest and grew up on a small family farm. I loved wild weather, cats, dogs and farm animals, whose love helped save my sanity, along with the love of my grandmother Alice Petersen, an entrepreneur ahead of her time. Grandpa Petersen and I fished a lot together in summers, and my grandparents provided an oasis in their home.
I started painting spontaneously in 1977, a few months after a powerful spiritual experience that removed my desire to do drugs. Alcohol and other addictions soon followed. I decided the power that got me clean and sober was going to do the painting through me. I consider all my art spiritual energy art using prayer and meditation before painting. I offer up each piece of art as a prayer. Father Tom Picton, at Desert House of Prayer, says all my art pieces are icons directly from God. I love this work. I want to get my art out all over the world to help with healing.
Standing in front of one of my paintings while contemplating and meditating upon its image, you are immersed and drawn up into the higher dimensions of life. This offers opportunity for personal transformation, affirmation, confirmation and inspiration. The longer you look at my paintings, the more you see and experience. I believe Spirit is everywhere, inside everything -- from a grain of sand to animals, people and my artwork. Viewers and collectors state they can feel at least several feet of energy coming out of my paintings with overall energy in their homes improved.
A process of prayer, mediation, and a written letter to my Higher Power asking that Presence come into, work with and through me. Each painting is offered up as a prayer to this Power to be used for healing wherever it is need, often for animals.
Belgian linen with hot hide glue, hand-brushed into fibers, allowed to dry, and three coats gesso, each hand-brushed and dried in between. Old Holland oils (first-press windmill flaxseed linseed oil) and M. Graham oils (walnut, slow-drying). May include: 18 or 24kt gold leaf; turpentine; gemstones including wulfenite, clear or rose quartz; healing oil from St. Jude Shrine in San Francisco; sea shells; Earth from Holy Land; Holy water; and other materials as I am led. Each is unique. If you wish, yours can be painted in acrylic for faster drying time. Other commissions may include any materials I am led to use.