My art tends to be whimsical scenes and images drawn from nature with an illustrative quality to it. I have been inspired by American folk art and work at creating a flat composition that reads as a scene as well as multiple stories. Embedded in my work is an obsession with patterns and designs. I have traveled widely for inspiration, both to expand my imagination and to appreciate what is right in front of me. I especially like to work in gouache and ink.
I have a BA in geology, and a BS in education, and have studied at the College of Visual Arts and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. I have written and illustrated several non-fiction earth science books with Mountain Press Publishing. I live and create in White Bear Lake, Minnesota.
My illustrations are available in my earth science picture books and on greeting cards sold at Woods Hall. My original art and commissioned work is available by contacting me directly. www.CWMdesigns.com
I have been visiting the island since the 1960s, as a guest of the residents. In high school, I would crew for friends who kept their boats in the marina.