Each painting has a story that begins with a moment, one that is most likely swept away with the next moment.
That is what I embrace in my painting, the constant shifting of experience, like a walk to my studio: in one minute, I am gazing at Mount Rainier and the glory of the Cascades, only to be abruptly smacked by the rushing sounds of the expressway, tents and piles of syringes. The continual shift of being alive, that is what i dig into every day and want to express in my work.
Nothing is constant and my paintings are a monument to that exactly.
My paintings layer experiences. They are what comes out of grabbing moments: sounds of seagulls, crows and sirens, looking at historical paintings and responding, hospital experiences, maybe too many of them, and the loveliness of a magnolia in spring.
These come into my studio with me.
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 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.
It is a push and pull of what is in a moment and is a memory. Those that surface while I work and drift away. The work is not intended to commence an experience but to give way to many more, and what I leave for the viewer is that very moment that it is open ended enough to take them into theirs.
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. Now in Seattle, I continue to engage the community through the Seattle Public Schools in volunteer classroom teaching expereinces with medically fragile children.
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.