I am a recent Taos, NM transplant (from Portland, OR) and oil painter. My favorite subjects are people and animals and whatever lies between. Drifting between realism and surrealism, I love recreating vintage America, re-imagining the lives and stories of the characters on my canvas or just exploring the emotional color of faces.
My love for the past was instilled in me at an early age while exploring antique shops and flea markets with my grandparents. My love of vintage treasure hunts and the thrill of the “find” has carried over into my artwork as now I am always on the lookout for striking images and themes from bygone days.
My attraction to faces, people and the stories behind them is a consistent theme in my art. I recognize a mild deficiency in my own ability to recognize faces. My focus on facial features in my art is a way of working through this and exploring what makes each person unique. I usually also try to enhance the stories behind the faces in my paintings with details that provide clues about how I see subjects’ psyches and moods. The addition of imaginative or unexpected elements creates a narrative that often emerges unexpectedly as I paint.
For me, art is as much about building community as it is about process and refining technique. For the past seven years, I have organized and participated as a juror for the annual Siren Nation Women’s Music & Arts Festival Art and Craft Sale. As a volunteer for Siren Nation’s annual Art Show and as a former member of Red Dot Artists at Work, I have curated multiple group shows.
I get excited by opportunities that allow me to demonstrate my process and interact with the public. As a workshop facilitator, I provide a self-reflective experience designed to loosen up creativity and reveal hidden layers of psyche, heart and soul through art making. I find immense joy in supporting and encouraging artists to succeed and thrive in their creative endeavors.
In 2012 I was a featured artist on Oregon Art Beat — OPB’s Emmy Award-winning local arts series. I am a recipient of a 2014 RACC grant for my “Oregon’s Painted History” series. In 2015 I was honored with a three-month artist residency at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, which is when I made the decision to make Taos my home. My art appears in numerous publications and private collections.