I paint moments that are for me, transformative and ecstatic. I make topographic forms from layers of paper. Each multi-media painting captures a distinct narrative about the force emitted from a person or place.
I believe that people are energy and that our actions have auras. I paint trees as doors to other worlds. I want people to have a way in—to experience this energy—the kind you can’t see, but can feel.
The light in my studio is spiritual when it shines on my painting table. When I am there, I am clear and can see. I am a conduit for energy; sometimes I feel telepathic. Topographic people are ghosts and memories. Glowing silhouettes, flickering shadows and sunlight are my subjects that both compel and make me feel alive.
My paintings belong in wilderness, where my ideas grow from creeks and trees, from people and houses. Washes of paint, mica-enriched dark spatters, repeated circles emanating from trees and water—this is how I describe my experience of the natural world, where a figure could be a plant—she is a part of the landscape—I do not make a distinction.
I visit the Willamette River, where I have seen women dressed as witches float by on stand-up paddle boards. These women are revolutionaries that exist to teach us about survival.
I paint feminists– Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Shelley, and Isadora Duncan—those who have influenced the way we think, write, and move, those with radiant energy that pushes the world forward, those with vision to help reshape the world.
Matte gouache brushstrokes, repeated dots, meditative glue and cut, glowing pastel waves—these are my tools for change.