By Bonnie Gangelhoff
ART EDUCATION: Bachelor of fine arts from the University of Iowa, Iowa City. Master’s of fine arts from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
STYLE: I’m interested in realism but not so much in depicting a copy of a visual reality. I want to paint the realism of people’s conscious and subconscious experiences.
MOST INTERESTING THING ABOUT THE WAY YOU WORK: Working with the people I paint, posing them.
SECOND-CHOICE CAREER: Treasure hunter.
BEST ADVICE RECEIVED: Follow your bliss.
CREATIVE SPARK: Reflecting on my past and looking at other art. Anything visual.
ONE THING MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU: I get sick from eating movie theater popcorn. But I still eat it—because it’s mm-mmm good!
FUTURE GOALS: To keep doing what I love and make a living at it.
PRICE RANGE: $600 to $3,000.
Featured in our annual “21 Under 31” issue in September 2010