About The Artist
This series of abstracts reflects my interest and fascination with visual details. Seeing nature’s visual patterns, structures, and repetitions stimulate a curiosity of “How this all began?”
Bringing my imagination to this conundrum, I fabricate and re-imagine my environment with lines, strong contrasts, and patterns. I paint and draw with acrylics, charcoal, and ink and oil pastels. Creating atmosphere around organic elements, gives me a sense of moving in space described with gestural brushstrokes. I feel myself moving and floating in space while looking down through the layers. A visual journey unfolds. My love of movement and rhythm from my passion for dance feeds my visual vocabulary.
Growing up in Baltimore, Maryland, I danced and performed ballet and modern jazz for 20 years. After moving to San Francisco, I studied art at San Francisco City College, California College of the Arts, and Sonoma State University where in 1995 I received a BFA in painting. I continued with a Post-Baccalaureate Tutorial working with Chester Arnold and Bob Nugent, Bay Area painters and professors. I live in Mill Valley, and have taught workshops in California
and Hawaii on encaustic techniques.
I have shown my work extensively in the US and the Bay Area.
My grandparents on both sides of my family were tailors and seamstresses.
With an urge to layer paint and see through traces underneath, I was seduced by the Ancient Greek technique of encaustic painting, combining beeswax, resin, and pigments. I layer swatches of collage papers, layer the luscious translucent wax, paint, scrape, and draw into and on the wax.
“Through my aesthetics, I search for ways to follow my curiosities about life. With no answers the search is endless, and the process satisfying.