Bio

Born in New Jersey, I grew up in Phoenix, then in Northern California—where I earned a degree in Fine Arts from Santa Clara University. In the 1980s, I expanded my design and print experience with a career in book and magazine publishing in the Silicon Valley’s tech industry. During that time, I continued to pursue fine art, focusing on my passion for drawing. In 1992, my husband and I put our Bay Area lives on hold for eighteen months and headed to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, for an intensive “art sabbatical.” Since that time, I have been fully devoted to making art.

My work is rooted in drawing, employed to explore the emotional space between personal memories and metaphors for life’s universal challenges like fear, adventure, change, grief, the past, and the future. I work in search of form, light, color and space striving to make images with emotional power. With my figurative and expressionist leanings, artists such as Van Gogh, Edvard Munch, Käthe Kollwitz, and Mark Rothko have influenced my work. In addition, the Bay Area Figurative artists, especially Richard Diebenkorn, David Park, Nathan Oliviera, and Jay Defeo have inspired my artwork. My work has been work has been exhibited and collected in the United States, Mexico, Canada, and Australia.

Conundrums

In the recent series of drawings and prints, Conundrums, I arranged found objects in unexpected relationships. Working in the studio, from a large installation of plastic bags, detritus left over from construction, fabric, leftover yarn, rope, ribbon and the occasional mop, I isolated smaller, visually intense scenes to create a series of drawings and monotypes.

Toward Abstraction

Other recent series, A Thousand Cuts, Castillos, and Ocean Beach Colors depart from my figurative roots exploring composition and color as their main feature. The monoprint series  A Thousand Cuts uses random cuts of a cutting board, layers of transparent color, and multiple passes through the etching press to explore subtle color relationships. The Castillos monotypes were inspired by—but not rendered from—the firework towers lighted during Mexican festivals. The Ocean Beach Colors monotypes rely on thin veils of color to create modulated gray areas in contrast with deeper colored marks in a minimalist composition—the ocean horizon line.

Suspensions

The Suspensions series of large and small scale works was inspired by a spectacular botanical and reserve and canyon outside San Miguel de Allende, Mexico—El Charco del Ingenio. Pivotal content are a series of footbridges that cross a small flat creek across the desert plain above the canyon. While the images involve a certain “realistic” execution, there is also an intended degree of abstraction and ambiguous space within the images. The composition is intended to carry the viewer both down into the treacherous depths and up and across to the distant horizon.  

Suspensions was first exhibited at The Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara, CA, receiving critical praise from Jack Fisher in the "San Jose Mercury News." Subsequently, the works appeared in a solo exhibition, Mas Allá—Further at El Centro Cultural Nigromante, Bellas Artes, in San Miguel de Allende Mexico. Next, the work traveled to Preston Contemporary Art Center in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Garments

The Garments series of drawings paintings and prints focused on women’s clothing with its connections to identity and rites of passage. Christening and communion dresses, wedding gowns, as well as undergarments and fashion attire, contain and define women in our culture as these items are put on and taken off. The exhibition Woman Rising at the Gallery at Villa Montalvo in Saratoga, California, paired works from the Garments series with those of Charla Groves.

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My work has been exhibited and collected in the United States, Mexico, and Australia. From 2004 to 2007, I was an adjunct lecturer for printmaking, painting, and life drawing at Santa Clara University; in San Miguel, I teach printmaking and life drawing. I currently divides my time between the San Francisco Bay Area and my studio in San Miguel.

November, 2014








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