I enjoy the rhythm of working slowly, carefully beginning the foundation of a journey with an end I cannot yet perceive. I enjoy responding to that impulse – sometimes with a large brush, a sweeping mark and at other times, with very tiny determined lines. I do not rely on precise imagery but I do bring into the work many architectural and biological influences.
My responses to a work can be very spontaneous, aggressive at times. I bury things by pouring material over them; I sand the work, unveiling things that have been hidden. I enjoy creating a visual mixture of the unveiled past and the surface which I see as the present.
Each painting has a story. While I work memories surface, and I respond to them with lines and color. These build the depth and the history, the kind of in between of the work, the ingredients of the sandwich so to speak.
There is an over arching theme to the work: life is mutable, past interacts with now, and there is no permanence.
I build these works out of a certain hope and acceptance that comes from living twelve years with a medically fragile child who has a very rare genetic disorder. Each day is fresh, each day has hope and life defines itself newly all of the time.
My childhood was full of wonder. I lived in Guam, Georgia and California; I played in clear ocean waters and interacted with a culture rich in myth and legends. I read books. I fished for crawdads in a creek, rode horses like a hooligan in the countryside, picked berries and learned about intense prejudice. I overcame extreme shyness and briefly rebelled. Each of these places had a profound impact on me and the memories from each shape my work. I thought I would be a doctor, then a scientist. Finally, I resolved to pursue painting, receiving my BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2004 and my MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007.
After receiving my MFA, I taught art part-time at the University Wisconsin-Madison, balancing my professional art career with being mother to my medically complex daughter. I engaged the community at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art as a docent and The Madison Public Library providing art related workshops. I have been awarded two Artist Residencies at Paintings Edge and an Artist Residency at Vermont Studio Center, as well as two Artist Teaching Grants through the Lincoln Center and the Madison Overture Center for the Arts. My paintings and drawings have been exhibited and collected widely throughout the U. S. I now live in Seattle and maintain a studio practice in the Tashiro Kaplan Building of Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square.