My artwork is based on exploration, experimentation and observation. I combine printmaking, the book arts, and painting to create landscapes and skyscapes from the world around me. I owe my parents a lot of credit for the approach to my artwork. I grew up on a family owned organic farm in rural northern North Dakota. I was taught the art of observation from spending lots of time outside working and playing. North Dakota is not readily known for its grand landscape or wildly charismatic people, both often seen as unremarkable. Living on the plains of North Dakota among stoic Norwegians and Germans, I have learned to appreciate the small and subtle details in obscure conversations and the vast rolling plains. Exploration has been encouraged from the beginning, from family vacations across the United States and Canada to camping trips in the wilderness and trips around the world. Experimenting was encouraged in a questioning and safe environment. I learned a lot about the cycles of plants, the land, and life from the environment around me.