Much like writing a novel, my process has a beginning, middle, and end. As an abstract artist, I build up layers to create an interesting surface with marks, lines, script, and scratching. I cover the surface as quickly as I can, no overthinking. My brainstorming gets more refined and a plot begins to develop--editing, culling, and condensing begin.
Blending automatic drawing, performative gestures, and intuitive color choices, I express a childlike fun, whimsy, and offer a glimpse inside my subconscious. I work with multiple layers combining gestures, lines, color, and collage to build up a story. I draw inspiration from the ebb and flow between ocean and forest--both places that I visit frequently to recharge. The result is more deliberate and with a trained hand, the final touches are applied.
I am a self-taught modern artist working intuitively with a child-like curiosity resulting in abstract pieces that are fun, whimsical, and full of energy.
Each project is approached without judgment or precognition in a three-part process starting with my play stage, where my hands automatically start the flow state and move along the canvas or paper at will. I then begin finding characters or themes that slowly reveal themselves at which point I introduce collage elements making it more tactile and dimensional. I relish what is revealed when stripping away certain elements while highlighting others. I enjoy sharing my experiments, discoveries, and train wrecks along the way and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
Collage • Encaustics • Fiber Arts • Pastels • Watercolor
Oil • Acrylics • Charcoal • Ink
As an artist, I’m at my best when I am led by the process and exploration of a new medium while curating and being able to share my journey with you. I love new discoveries and even more, I love sharing them.
Working alongside nature, I experiment with various types of charcoal that I hand harvest from leftover fires and incorporate things that I find while on my nature walks; items such as loose bark, branches, unique sticks, and twigs that get used for mark making. And finally, in my alchemist stage is where I add fine details and apply the chemicals, solvents, and waxes in my more elaborate abstract artwork.
My children are a source of my inspiration and we feed off each other’s contagious energies which greatly influences my artwork. The use of dynamic tension in combination with the embodiment of “rule breaking” motto of O’Keeffe and Helen Frankenthaler, plays a big role in my life and creativity as a female abstract artist. I enjoy life near coastal and nautical towns to draw my inspiration from as well as urban decay, art in biology and neurosciences, interiors and architecture, and watching others create.
Using a utilitarian approach to my materials, I use nature to create works with beeswax, hand harvested charcoal, natural pigments as well as commercial oils, acrylics, and pastels.