About the Artist
I am an upside-down/backwards artist. I create stories in shimmering colors on glass bowls, vases and plates. And I do it all in reverse (see Technique).
My art career is also upside-down and backwards. I had a 25-year career as an award-winning researcher and writer—with a PhD in sociology and a specialty in the study of aging. I was honored as a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America for “outstanding achievement and exemplary contributions to the field of aging.” I have written books and articles and directed studies—for a number of years I was a university professor.
My most recent book, I’m New at Being Old, a colorful and whimsical picture book about the experience of aging, received two awards in 2011: a Midwest Book Award and an Independent Publishers Gold Award.
While I was a researcher, most of my professional colleagues knew that art was my passion-on-the-side because they often saw me sketching in meetings and seminars—I did hundreds of sketches of people sitting, standing, talking. Now these figures are on my glass bowls, vases and plates—people, who never met in their lives, are side by side in my fanciful designs.
My art has been shown in more than 50 exhibits and is on permanent display in private collections and public institutions. I am featured on two Twin Cities Public Television documentaries: The Creative Power of Aging (2008) and Life Changing Art (2010).