Each painting has a story that begins with an everyday experience, a current event, an experience shared with my daughter, or simply a looking and seeing moment. While I work, memories surface. The work walks itself back into the past: memories, some peaceful, some dark. Without censorship, I allow them to flow into my mark, into my responses of lines and color.
At first I work slowly, mimicking life; carefully, beginning the foundation of a journey with an end I cannot yet perceive. I respond to that impulse – sometimes with a large brush, a sweeping mark and at other times, very tiny determined lines. I refer often to architecture and biology in a way to curb my too free impulses, to provide structure and to create a recognizable or enterable world.
I engage the work spontaneously, often with aggressive cuts and extraction. Then, like someone ashamed at an outburst, I bury things by pouring material over them; I sand the work. In the process, hidden things resurface, revealing a visual mixture of the veiled past and the surface which I see as the present. This creates an archeology beyond my anticipation.
This archeology is the link I seek to have a conversation with my viewer. The layers of my personal journey, the process of figuring things out for myself through failure and rediscovery, and the letting go of it all, these are the entry points for story telling, these are where a viewer will find a connection and link. And when that happens amazingly, you, the viewer, take it past where you found it.
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.