Year of Award


Document Type

Professional Paper

Degree Type

Master of Arts (MA)

Degree Name

Fine Arts (Integrated Arts and Education)

Department or School/College

Creative Pulse Program

Committee Chair

Karen Kaufmann

Commitee Members

David Garrick, Richard Hughes


artist-in-residence program, authentic voice, balance, Creative Pulse, discipline, facilitate spontaneity, inspiration, intuition, kinesthetic intelligence, natural environment, nature, non-traditional educational setting


University of Montana


The process of composing a body of artwork was to prove my artistic ability and prepare work for submission to artist-in-residence programs. To achieve this goal, I committed eleven months to this project. Inspiration for pieces came from my travels, interests in American Indian culture, wildlife, trees, photographs, and still-life objects. I devoted as much time as possible in my make-shift apartment studio working on art. Balancing career and home activities was a habitual challenge. I learned to trust my intuition while creating art making choices that reflected my intended message. Fear of public opinion floated through my mind as I worked on each piece. In the long run my own satisfaction with the work was all that mattered. And with that attitude, I realized my goal by completing thirty-two pieces of art as opposed to the intended fifteen. Each piece reflected personal growth. Unearthing the Inner Compass exhibition opened to the public Saturday, December 11, 2010. Forty-seven people came to my opening reception. I unveiled a professional body art containing paintings, prints, art quilts, and collage. This solo exhibition at the C.M. Russell Museum elicited positive remarks from colleagues, friends, and family. I succeeded in organizing an exhibition establishing me as a credible artist within the museum and community.



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