I was born and am currently living near Lansing, Iowa, where my husband and I own and operate Kruse Family Farms, an organic dairy farm.
I attended Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art and Education in 1975, a Masters in Technology in Education in 1993 from Clarke College in Dubuque, Iowa, and a Masters in Educational Administration in 2000 from Iowa State University. I taught art at Eastern Allamakee Community School District, grades K-12, for 24 years, focusing on traditional art forms such as ceramics, watercolor painting, oil painting, and textiles. As I moved into technology applications, I was an early adapter of computer graphics, programming, publishing, and photography. I have taught at the college level: Introduction to Painting and Introduction to Drawing at Loras College in 1976 and later, Art History for non-majors at Viterbo University. I maintain the website and the Facebook page for the Iowa Artists organization.
Though I enjoy exploring all media, my artistic expression has been focused on oil, acrylic and watercolor painting. Since I grew up on a farm and am still currently farming, agricultural themes have always been a favorite subject and will continue to be in the future.