Just finished reading Patti Smith’s book Just Kids. It’s been on my shelf for awhile and I’m so glad I finally got to it. The book is very inspiring… she’s a great writer and has had a fascinating life. Her relationship with Mapplethorpe was instructive about how we can truly create space for one another [ Read more … ]
I grew up in a hard working Norwegian farming family in the Midwest and not surprisingly, Midwestern practicality is etched into my cells. When I walk into an art gallery, I often marvel at the amount of time someone spent gluing hundreds or thousands of tiny pieces of glass into a sculpture or creating a [ Read more … ]
The thing about art is that it brings us into the exact present moment of our life…and captures that moment. Attached is a little watercolor I did recently.
The artist Paul Reynard was asked before he died, “What is the place of art in contemporary life?” He responded, “The question could well be formulated as ‘What is the place of love in contemporary life?’” I’ve always loved that statement–it says so much. I’m also enthralled with his writings on the creative process. He [ Read more … ]
For a long time, the various parts of me have felt separate: I’m both an academic and a creative. I am passionate about teaching and learning, as well as creativity and the arts. As I’ve journeyed on my path, I’ve realized that it’s my mission to bridge the academic and creative. Since images lie at [ Read more … ]