About The Artist
My inspiration comes from the beauty of the atmosphere — of the sky and how it’s connected with the earth. Every time I look at what nature is presenting in front of me, the clouds, seductive with the constant movement of the atmosphere, I am reminded that life is constantly shifting and never stagnant. I work in acrylic and graphite, using many layers of glazes to achieve the luminosity of the atmospheric quality in my work. I also work wet on wet and use drips to create texture and atmosphere, which alludes to what’s beneath the surface. Layers and layers of paint are applied on the canvas before I even know how the image will present itself in its final form. My paintings are asking viewers to step into a world of possibility, mystery, magic and atmosphere and to be transported through color and light and texture.
I grew up with a spatula in one hand and a paintbrush in another, among a family of artists and cooks. I received my first watercolors at age 5, when I also observed my mother and grandmother transforming mounds of brilliant vegetables into delicious, comforting soups. I’ve blended the two together, as chef/author of 5 award-winning cookbooks and a painter. I find making art and cooking creatively are both opportunities to be fully present in life, to pay attention to flavor, color, texture and composition. To be inspired by nature. To be so absorbed in tasks that time expands. Working in my kitchen or studio is an immersion experience, in a vibrant, reverent, tactile, visual world.
Exhibitions & Press
Wild Lands, Book Published by Jen Tough Gallery, September 2021
Artists of the Bay Area, Book Published by Jen Tough Gallery, September 2021
Apero Fine Arts Catalogue, “Lost in a Sea of Blue” July 2021
Artfolio Catalogue 2021, a curated hard bound publication of abstract and contemporary work juried by a panel of art professionals