From Reluctance to Artist
For five years, I hid my art. Berated by college art teachers who told me I couldn’t draw, I kept my perceived failures buried under a stack of papers so no one would see. But a childhood illness and the death of my father when I was 25 had taught me not to take life for granted. I realized that I would likely regret it if I didn’t follow my passion, and the encouragement of a friend was the boost I needed to finally bring my art out into the world.
Years later, I’m thrilled to say that art is no longer my private contraband. To the contrary, my work is an inspiration for many happy collectors in the U.S. and in Europe; I’ve exhibited widely, won awards, been profiled in Pastel Journal (to see that article, click here), and have a painting in permanent collection in the Jean-Haffen Museum in Dinan, France, to name a few select accomplishments.
I am deeply intrigued by history and the gradual passage of time evident in weathered frescoes, worn paint on building walls, and the intricate textures of the natural world.
To emulate these textures in my work, I use multiple paint layers, marks, and imperfections created by the use of unconventional art-making tools such as trowels, scrapers, sandpaper, and chisels.
My color choices are guided purely by my intuition.
I incorporate hints of landscapes, mountains, trees, and mirrored water elements in my art, influenced by my upbringing in the mountains, and time spent outdoors.
When I’m not painting, you’ll most likely find me reading, traveling, or visiting museums and galleries, of course!