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With a child's eyes in a far-off American farm village named Black Earth, I stared for hours at powerfully enchanting illustrations of a fantastical Europe. The White Cat and her tearfully loyal Prince in the majestic theatre and halls of her castle; The Little Match Girl finding warmth in her Grandmother's heavenly embrace after her frozen death; the abandoned Hänsel and Gretel outwitting their trickster in her Gingerbread prison...my fantasized ideals of Europe became a safe place that would cradle me like a lullaby or a fairytale, a motherland to which I might one day belong.

My aesthetic began there in my first years, where I spent my childhood in the workshop of the famed Norwegian-American Hardingfele Luthier (my Dad) http://bit.ly/nationalheritageaward, http://bit.ly/SmithsonianPoast, and in the immaculate English gardens and orchards on my Grandparent's farm. I was nicknamed…

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With a child's eyes in a far-off American farm village named Black Earth, I stared for hours at powerfully enchanting illustrations of a fantastical Europe. The White Cat and her tearfully loyal Prince in the majestic theatre and halls of her castle; The Little Match Girl finding warmth in her Grandmother's heavenly embrace after her frozen death; the abandoned Hänsel and Gretel outwitting their trickster in her Gingerbread prison...my fantasized ideals of Europe became a safe place that would cradle me like a lullaby or a fairytale, a motherland to which I might one day belong.

My aesthetic began there in my first years, where I spent my childhood in the workshop of the famed Norwegian-American Hardingfele Luthier (my Dad) http://bit.ly/nationalheritageaward, http://bit.ly/SmithsonianPoast, and in the immaculate English gardens and orchards on my Grandparent's farm. I was nicknamed “Kleiner Schimmel” in the bits of German language my Grandpa still remembered. While the rest of America was consuming en masse and objectifying what I thought beloved, I became attached to the sentiment of our European heritage and the preciousness and remarkable skill in the process of handmade.

My formal fine arts education in the arts-rich American city of Madison, Wisconsin under the instruction of Melanie Herzog, David Smith, and Robert Tarrell at Edgewood College helped me to master the methods, materials, and history of art. In the United States, I worked and volunteered with numerous arts organizations, museums, and galleries, served as a gallery juror, and founded an arts administration company to facilitate projects between 300 contracted artists and commercial interior design professionals.

Now in Europe, I'm nestled in a seventeenth-century Dutch canal house just twenty steps on a cobblestone road from young Rembrandt van Rijn's home, looking upon the same windmill and drawbridge as did young Rembrandt. My canal-side atelier is filled with sights and sounds of tall-masted old sailboats and put-putting tugboats; rainstorms on cobblestone streets and that ochreous Dutch sunlight. Along with my partner Yves, a Swiss neuroscientist and classical pianist, and our little grey cat Miró, I live and travel in the footsteps of the greatest masters of European art. I run the Dutch landscapes painted by Paulus Potter and Jan van Goyen; drink my coffee in the cafés of Toulouse Lautrec's Montmartre; sit in the slivers of golden light painted by Johannes Vermeer and Rembrandt van Rijn. My life and my art feel at home here, amidst the cobblestone streets, secret gardens, and rows of little brick houses in which my childhood rêveries were set.

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