I make abstract paintings that bridge the gap between what is known and how it is felt.
Shifting between two studios and traveling, I create pieces that represent both the deep essence and the mundane within life. Presence.
I face the canvas and create who I am today.
It’s the authentic, wild self…the messy, raw inner and outer world…the sublime calm…the lightheartedness.
I follow sparks & curiosity. Freedom fuels the art.
I follow feeling and the quickening pulse that authenticity and play fuels. I’m quietly engaged, yet courageously expressing vitality and aliveness.
The paintings are offerings made from intentions, often marked into the initial layers, so they become a talisman. Owning a piece brings an experience of connection. Intuition infuses the creations and that carries over to the viewer. Many collectors say they feel that expansiveness when living with the pieces.
I enjoy healing modalities and ritual practices: circle leadership trained (wild woman circle project), annual process painting retreat participant (Chris Zydel), reiki (level I & II), pranic healing (level I), NLP (level I & II), shamanic explorations in Peru and Arizona…I’ve explored these as ways to create from the undercurrents and rhythms of consciousness.
The artistic process is mutable: it changes and evolves. It might start with several unplanned layers of thin paint. Next, I may add charcoal, pastels, graphite or crayons and as it progresses then more layers of thin and thicker paint to bring out the forms that come forth. I use a variety of tools - brushes, fingers, scrapers and palette knives. I allow mistakes and use these to further the process. It's a playful interplay of keen listening to what needs to come forth and allowing the materials to do that. It's best not to over think or over work, yet to become fluid with the process. That's when the magic happens.
Some paintings are light and joyful while others are deeper and contemplative, varied like my life, intending to bring depth, beauty and authenticity to the world.
When I was six, my grandma from New York came to visit us with a box of oil pastels for me and I can still remember the smell and the buzzy excitement of looking at all those colors lined up waiting for action! I still feel that way when I’m choosing paints at the art supply store. Color is a sublime motivator.
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, my interests led me to a Graphic Communication, B.Sc. Degree from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California. Shortly after, I relocated to British Columbia where my passion for painting continued. I immersed myself in studies at the University of British Columbia, Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Focal Point Photography Studio, plus put in the many hours in the studio experimenting and honing a style that’s resulted in the unique vision and mastery of techniques that the free-flowing paintings exhibit. In February 2015 I was a recipient of a month-long artist residency at the Vermont Studio Center to further explore the creative path.
2018 Art2Life Academy Juried Exhibition - Donna Seager of Seager/Grey Gallery, Mill Valley California, juror
2018 September, SPONTANEOUS EXPRESSIONS - Group Show - Gallery Artists, The Avenue Gallery, British Columbia
2018 August, SUMMER CELEBRATION 2 - Group Show - Gallery Artists, Lanning Gallery/a Bryant Nagel Gallery, Sedona Arizona
2017 May, A LITTLE SOMETHING - Group Show - Gallery Artists, The Avenue Gallery, Victoria, British Columbia
2017 May, MY CANADA - Group Show - Gallery Artists, The Avenue Gallery, Victoria, British Columbia
2016 May, A LITTLE SOMETHING - Group Show - Gallery Artists, The Avenue Gallery, Victoria, British Columbia
2015 October, FRACTURED, Group Show - Gallery Artists, The Avenue Gallery, Victoria, British Columbia
2015 January, THE ELEMENTS, Semiahmoo Arts, Community Arts Council, White Rock, British Columbia
Private Collections in Canada, United States, Australia and New Zealand
AWARDS, SCHOLARSHIPS AND RESIDENCIES
Artist Residency, Partial Grant, Vermont Studio Center, 2015
Bachelor of Science, Graphic Communication, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California,1987
Additional course work at University of British Columbia; Emily Carr University of Art and Design; workshops with Robert Genn, Sara Genn, Nicholas Wilton, Mike Svob. Self taught as all artists are, most of the learning came from hours in the studio.