Artist Statement

Living in the Pacific NW, I'm a long distance and mindset from the small town in Oklahoma in which I was raised. Years behind me of homemaking and business careers in New York City and Hong Kong, I'm a prolific painter and a frequent domestic and global traveler. My abstract paintings, full of enthusiasm, motion, and memory, are outward symbols for life, for travel, and my thirst for knowledge regarding adventurous and dedicated personalities through the ages. My work is strongly influenced by a pointed study of 20th Century abstract expressionists' images and lives. 

In the year 2000, I relocated from New York City and corporate business life to the panoramic Pacific Northwest. Here through daily disciplined painting, study and productivity, I've established a visual painting identity in the marketplace that surrounds me.

Educated primarily in realism — landscape, still life, portraiture — my work has purposefully morphed into abstract painting rich with layers of texture and translucency. A strong interest in bold color combinations and contrasts along with mark making and diverse mediums, lend depth, representation and innovation to a personal interpretation of mid-century expressionism. 

Traveling for the last three Junes to the East Coast of the US, I've participated in the Annual Conference for Professional Artists working specifically or partially with encaustic/hot wax medium. Exposure to the medium and the professional artists participating in the event continue to prod my efforts in the intuitive production of abstract work. Additionally, while on the East Coast of the US, I've pursued private reflection and singular artistic exploration on the Island of Nantucket — 2016 and 2017 in residency at the NISDA (Nantucket Island School of Design and Art). Weeks of dedicated painting (outside my own studio) each year serve to strengthen a long practice of personal reflection and innovation, while enabling me to encounter new mediums, studies, techniques and other talented artists in search of camaraderie and insight into their own art making.

In 2018 I've been granted a two week October residency, for independent study by the IEA (International Encaustic Artists). I'll be at the renowned Castle Art Center, Provincetown/Truro, MA for independent study.