Growing up as an asthmatic child in rural Sweden during the 60s I was encouraged to engage in quieter activities such as fantasizing, day dreaming and drawing. I found that nature and creativity took away a sense of loneliness and otherness that pervaded much of my younger life. This remained true even after my asthma and allergies vanished in my teenage years.
At 18 I was accepted to study art at Mullsjo Folkhogskola, Sweden, where I was introduced to making images in a variety of mediums. 1977 I had my first solo show in the Rydsnas school where my mom was a teacher and managed to sell almost all the pieces exhibited!. I also got a commission to make a large size fiber arts piece for the auditorium of Ostana Skolan in Osterbymo, which led to another commission for a Perish hall in Gistad and later I was asked to make an alter piece for Missions kyrkan in Osterbymo. I was 23 when I received a cultural price from that particular region of Sweden. Being a bit of a gypsy I was too restless to settle any particular place for long. I spent a year and a half as an exchange student studying art at Phillips University, Enid, Oklahoma, and a year living in Stockholm, Sweden working in a high end crafts store where I also sold my work. When my sublet apartment was burglarized and I received some insurance money I took off for L'ecole des Beaux Art, and L'ecole des Etudiants etranger in Aix- en Provence, France. Eventually I returned to Sweden in an attempt to grow up and settle down. I felt it would be good to have another profession to fall back on and since I enjoyed writing I enrolled in journalistic studies at Sodra Vatterbygdens Folkhogskola. I got employed as a journalist at Tranas Posten and Smalands Tidningen, but the travel bug got a hold of me again and I took a few months off when I got invited to visit Newport, Rhode Island in 1982. Little did I know that 3 months would become more than 30 years! This is where I now live and work. This is home. Over the years I have sold my art to people from many different countries outside of the US. Venezuela, Spain, Italy, UK, Poland, Canada, and Taiwan, to mention a few. I am a citizen of both Sweden and USA now but feel more like a world citizen. I guess I will always be a bit of a Gypsy at heart.