I am a San Diego based abstract artist. My paintings are inspired by the distortions and abstractions that exist in the natural world pushed to the edge and then manipulated for the eye. My work investigates how emotional charges - especially sensuality - builds through perspective, color, and reimagining the unnatural in the natural. I like to play with perspectives and color investigating the tensions and release that exist both in the process and final painting of any work. I believe original paintings hold a breath and energy of the artist that created it. I use various methods and techniques in my paintings including brushwork, palette knives, fingers, and pouring. For me, the means in which my body engages with the paint and canvas is as important as the final resulting artwork. For this reason I do not make reproductions of my work. Each piece is original and one of a kind.
I was born in Arizona and spent my childhood in Texas and San Diego. I attended college in Seattle, Washington where I earned a B.A in Theatre. After college I spent a few years in Los Angeles before moving to Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. I moved back to San Diego in 2005 and have made my home here. I work from my home-based studio in Lemon Grove, California. The various places I have lived have influenced the ways in which my appreciation of landscapes in the largest of terms finds its way into my work. From the colors of the desert, to the sprawling skies of Texas, to the taste and smell of San Diego salty air …. each space holds tension, distortions, sensuality, and beauty.
Since returning to San Diego, I completed a Masters in Theatre Arts from San Diego State University and a PhD in Theatre History and Theory from the University of California, San Diego. The importance that I put on the process of the art stems from my theatre arts background. The painting process is not separate from the final product. The attempts, the failures, the discovery moments, the frustrations and joys, are in my opinion comfortably contained in each and every painting.
Why do I paint?
I first started painting in college. My college roommate was an art major. We would sit and paint, music in the background, exploring whatever came to mind. Over the years, I would occasionally paint, perhaps a few times a year, as a personal escape from daily stresses. I managed a performing arts center where I curated monthly art shows, while booking and managing touring music and theatre acts. I began to not feel very well. I was also an international plus model signed with one of the largest modeling agencies in the U.S. I just thought I was a bit drained and over tired. I am an overachiever and attempted all of this while having kids. During my PhD program, I was officially diagnosed with Hashimotos Thyroiditis. This diagnosis which took years to determine finally gave me answers to some of my manic energy levels - the very high and the very low- my newfound levels of both anxiety and depression, and how quickly thoughts and physical ability changed. This diagnosis forced me to look at my environment, personal relationships, and how I wanted to exist in the world. I went through quite a bit to get this diagnosis including swallowing a radioactive smoking pill (I felt like maybe it would give me super powers...it did not). Understanding that painting over the years had given me a way to cope with stress, I began to paint more frequently still as a means to cope and feel better. Then I received a beautiful, large easel as a gift. This present set something off in my soul. I created a studio space in my house for the easel and I painted. And I painted. And I painted. Something had been triggered. I continue to paint almost daily.
Every time I paint, I feel like I am securing a small bit of sanity for myself. Every painting is diving into a host of physical embodiments and emotional energetic charges. I don't shy away from darkness if it appears, I sink myself into it. I explore, I feel, I live. So perhaps not every abstract work is happy clouds and trees (those exist in my work too) but each painting is a living archive to a moment filled with emotion, space, and life. This is the reason why I do not do reproductions of my works. My breath is in each painting and I embrace the weights, the flaws, the shifts of each painting. My hope is that you might look at something and feel that moment in life and find the beauty that exists in the work for you.
My artistic influences are many although most often I am drawn to the works of Georgia O’Keefe, Claude Monet, Kara Walker, and Jack Vettriano. My favorite painting is Umberto Boccioni’s “Dynamism of a Soccer Player.”