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As a Midwesterner, I grew up on a farm (mostly grain, very little livestock during my lifetime) southwest of the rural town of Rolfe in northwest Iowa. My father, Deane Gunderson, was a retired farmer with two engineering degrees he applied to design and make farm machinery as well as a multitude of other “artistic” and/or very functional creations. My father passed away on July 1, 2010.
My mother, Marion Abbott Gunderson, was an art major who painted watercolors at least as early as 1933 and as recently as 2000. She also worked for the Rolfe Public Library for thirty-five years, retiring in 1998. She was Marion the Librarian! She passed away in 2004, shortly after the new Rolfe Public Library was built.
One goal of this blog is to enlighten others about my mother’s watercolors in the hope to increase interest in prints of her work. Profits from the prints will benefit the Rolfe (Iowa) Public Library.
I have an interest in farming, but have a lot to learn about what all goes on in agriculture, even though I grew up on a farm. I also worked as an elementary school teacher-librarian for seventeen years (twelve in the Ankeny Community School District). I love children’s literature. (No…no bun on the back of my head!) I love the rich heritage I’ve inherited through my Mother’s work (paintings, librarianism, volunteerism, raising six children) and my father always using every teachable moment to try to broaden my horizons. I feel that I have passed some of this interest and love to my two adult daughters. Hopefully I will pass some of that (plus, perhaps some pure random goofiness) along to others via this blog.
For information about where to view/purchase prints, click on the “View and Order Prints” link that is at the right of this blog’s home page.
Thank you for your interest,