When I was young I used to paint and draw with my mother, Marilyn Miller Richter, in the countryside. I learned from my mother how art elevates the human spirit and saw why that is vital to life. I learned at a very early age from watching her work progress. She taught by example the value of discovery, self determination and independence of thought. She showed me that it took courage to grow, innovate and create works of integrity and depth. At home I was able to work in clay, build puppets, photograph and express myself with lots of available art materials.
The land and the narrative of place in relation to the living human spirit is what my art work has always been about. I like the wild and wide open spaces. I seek out wilderness areas to hike and camp. I draw from my internal visions and understandings of what wilderness means to Americans.
Graduated Topeka West High School, 1971.
Attended Washburn University 1971-72
Bachelor Fine Arts, University of Kansas, 1979