bridging my adult life & my roots

I’m heading back out to South Dakota next week.  My longing for the prairie now is unprecedented in my adult life.  Artist Elizabeth Bunsen and I have been talking a lot about the nature of how much the landscape of our childhoods affects our adult lives.  This pull is now greatly affecting my need for spaciousness, quiet, connection, being available to aging parents and looking at a few years down the road with children in college and an empty nest.

I’ve layered my photos of South Dakota with some of my paintings. These images serve as a bridge between my 26 year creative life in Vermont and my South Dakota roots.  You can take the girl out of West River, but you can’t take the West River out of the girl.

I would love to hear how the landscape of your childhood has had an affect on your life.  I’m really curious about this concept and hope to be doing some interviews and writing on the topic.

P.S. For you Burke area residents.  I would love to shoot some abandoned farmhouses while I’m home the 20th-22nd.  If you have some locations please email me or let my family know locations.  Thank you.  Maybe I’ll see you around town or in Stella’s.



I was recently visiting my family in Burke, South Dakota and discovered that there was going to be a “trunk show” at Stella’s the diner/bar/gathering place.  I was thrilled to get to do a little Christmas shopping in Burke while I was home (actually I did quite a lot of Christmas shopping and bought myself a bag as well).  Both SAPAHN and JHaus are interesting companies.  They are very different in mission, but one thing is true about both—they are about empowering women and selling really cool goods. It was a pleasure to finally meet both Brooke and Jen.  I had heard a lot about these women over the years and I couldn’t believe my good fortune.  Brooke is the daughter of a friend/classmate and my niece, Kate did an internship with Jen in LA last summer.

stellas trunk show sapahn brooke mullen

SAPAHN (Brooke Mullen)

Can beautiful things do something beautiful?

Sapahn, the Thai word for bridge, is the perfect word for what we are about. We set out to connect places, ideas, traditions, artisans, and people like you with the goal of creating sustainable, economic opportunities.



JHaus Jeans (Jen Hausmann)

Boyd County, Nebraska, the origin of a dream nurtured in the midst of corn fields and cattle drives. The family farm: full of heritage, old, rusty, and dusty things, the root of JHaus.