Growing up in rural Northwestern Montana, I spent equal time outside - in the woods and on the river, horseback or on foot with the dog - and inside drawing on any available surface. Graduating from crayons and markers to acrylic paint and charcoal, I never stopped creating.
The work is a reflection of my physical and emotional environments, a way to convey my observations and experiences. Deeply personal in nature, drawings and paintings are abstracted to the extent that viewers can see their own experience mirrored back to them.
With high-viscosity acrylic paint and a lot of water on raw canvas or muslin, using hands and brushes and knives, I create forms that emerge from or disappear into their environment with a covert sensuality, inspired by music and interaction, intimacy and movement. Smaller pieces on paper include the horses and birds and animals - in ink and charcoal - that I've watched with wonder all my life. Shapes and movements repeat themselves across all life forms.
I earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from San Francisco Art Institute. Having lived in the Bay Area for over 30 years, working and exhibiting in multiple solo and group shows in some very different venues, I've had opportunities the past couple of years to stay in Texas Hill Country, Southern California, and Southwest Nevada, further expanding my pallet and subjectivity. The adventure continues.