I have always been an outdoor person and a lover of living things. Growing up, I enjoyed building forts in the backyard with my brother, camping and canoeing with my family and riding my black mare along the James River near my prairie hometown of Huron, South Dakota.

I attended Carlton College in Northfield, Minnesota, where I earned a geology degree with an emphasis in soils.

After college, my boyfriend and I bought 40 acres of field and hardwood forest in northwest Wisconsin. We began a small dairy operation there, learned to work with a draft horse team in the fields, and constructed farm buildings and a house using lumber from our woods. We raised two boys on our growing farm, gradually transitioning from farming to other business ventures.

Today, I run the farm. I graze bison May through September and rent the farmhouse next door to travelers who enjoy the rural, northwoods recreational opportunities that Timberland has to offer.

As an artist, I’ve done commissioned pen and ink drawings and sold my works in local galleries and art fairs. Most recently, I’ve been developing watercolor illustrations for my 30,000- word middle grade novel, Whinny on the Wind.