I began my undergraduate training at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and received my BFA from the Corcoran College of Art and Design. I have been painting and drawing as long as I can remember.
My work is based in experimentation and is by nature intuitive. Art and life for me in recent years, have been about the art of quiet contemplation and inspiration. This recent inspiration is the birth of my son in 2010. My sense of pattern and texture comes from earthly things like a wasp's outer shell, or the ordered chaos of a planted field, but also from the ethereal and atmospheric elements of life.
One of my earliest memories is sitting with my Mother and my Grandparents as a small child-just the right size to see at eye level with the sweet pea vines and down the rows of carrots, their plumes of foliage lush and green emerging from rich brown soil. I remember the smell of soil and the joy of digging my fingers in the dirt. My family has always encouraged my personal growth through my art. By being taught to be observant, I began to realize the joy in sitting on the ground and picking flowers, and to notice nature around me. I was given tasks that instilled a sense of the meaningfulness of work even in the simplest tasks. As well, my parents would give me projects that allowed me to use my imagination such as making mud pies from a recipe, or painting the house with a bucket of water so that it looked like I was putting on a fresh coat of paint.
All of these memories are inspiration for emotive content in my work with roots in the organic and sensory engagement. This engagement in my process is not linear, but cyclical. My focus is on careful observation and what comes out in the painting itself through color, layering, and texture. Sometimes, I have to let go of the idea of finishing a painting and instead to let it rest in between layers. The most difficult risk is to not be afraid to lose most of or all of the original image in order to show remnants of what once lay beneath. As I continue to create more work, there is always the chance of a change of heart or renewed inspiration in what is more naturalistic, but for now, I am content to dabble in the abstract world and paint.