“green house” — watercolor, pen, acrylic ink on paper | 10″ x 10″

Take a peek at the Frank Bette Center website for my upcoming classes in 2020: Frank Bette Center Classes (scroll down to Mixed Media to find me)

I’m teaching a mixed media class Saturday, Aug 29 — playing with watercolor, pen and acrylic ink pens. Great fun. Also on Sept 19 I’ll teach a monochromatic painting class. We are doing classes via Zoom and it’s working great.




Retreat postponed until 2021.

My Wisconsin partners and I have decided it’s too dangerous to invite people to the retreat and gather in this glorious spot; things are unstable in the virus fight in our country, I’m told many WI folks are not wearing masks, and local folks in that area are concerned with people traveling there and bringing the virus.

We all hope that next year brings a healthier and more stable environment. I am leaving the info up (below) so we can all dream!


[In 2021] I am partnering with my good friend and artist Stephanie to organize an art retreat at her lovely cabin in the north woods (Conover, WI). What a glorious spot! On the water with fish jumping and muskrats crossing the creek and bald eagles soaring overhead, her large front yard area (yuge!) is an ideal spot to paint and draw and create (I even heard wolves howling one night).

I have spent two fabulous art retreats there with a good friend who loves fishing, and it was magic. By Sept the mosquitos are gone, the air is crisp but not cold and the views spectacular. The cabin is in the middle of the woods, with many lakes in the area — the creek (shown here, dock is in front of cabin) flows out of Pioneer Lake. Each day I will offer different lessons including watercolor, drawing, acrylic abstract painting and creating a small book. Hopefully we will get to meet Stephanie’s dad Richard, who sometimes stops by to say hello and is the most delightful and sweet man in all if Wisconsin.

Food, glorious food!

I am thrilled that we will have a brilliant chef and caterer who will take care of our lunches and dinners. Mary writes, “I plan to use locally sourced food – there’s a greenhouse (Conover Gardens) for fresh vegetables/greens. If I use beef, eggs or chicken, it will have been grown on my farm. Any cheese, I’ll get from Dairy State Cheese, a small WI cheese factory. I’ll probably use wild rice that is locally hand-harvested and maple syrup that we make here in small batches. If any of my apples are ripe, I’ll use those as well as plums from our trees. I have grapes too.”

If that isn’t enough to make sign up right away, Mary has generously offered her farm to us for sketching and painting (photo above at right is of horses on her farm).

Dates & details & easy sign up:

Workshop will likely be in mid-Sept 2020. Lodging will be a 10 min drive away at Maple View Resort. Each participant is responsible for securing lodging and transportation.

Closest airport is Rhinelander, about 40 mins away.

Lunch and dinner provided + happy hour (no alcoholic beverages provided; strictly will be BYOB).

Workshop will be limited to 10 participants; all must be over 18.

Cost: $1425 per person with $425 deposit due by next summer.  

Remaining balance due by Aug. 15, 2021. Deposit will not be refunded after Sept 1, 2021 if participant cancels.
Included: art class, individual instruction, lunch and dinner, happy hour snacks.
Not included: airfare and car transport, lodging, breakfast. You will need transportation to-and-from the resort to the cabin (about 10 mins away or less).
There will be a materials fee of $50 per student.

Additional info: This part of the country is fishing heaven, so you might consider staying a few extra days to enjoy the bounty. Lake Superior is not far, and a day’s drive in the woodsy, lake-filled landscape is beautiful. If you are as bird-nerdy as I am, bring your binoculars and enjoy the water ducks and bald eagles and hawks.

 Please email me if you have questions.