I am a full-time artist working in acrylic paints, drawing media, and collage. I offer workshops nationwide and online, helping people to find a personal and playful approach to art making. I am most complimented when someone tells me that my work inspired her to try something new in her own art.
I began my career as a potter in the early 1990’s, selling my tableware at craft shows and galleries. My pottery was very colorfully painted, and I realized that it was the painting and design that interested me most. In the early 2000’s I transitioned into licensing those designs to product manufacturers, and thus began a career as a freelance artist. I had always done fine art on the side - painting, monoprints, and drawing – and in 2009 I gave up the competitive and uncertain world of freelance art in favor of teaching workshops and focusing on my own work.
I realized that I did not really know who I was as an artist. My work had always been subject to the needs of outside demands - for sale, for a commercial product, or as instructional examples - and I wanted to know what happened if I just made art as a personal inquiry. I still want to know, and it is that ongoing quest that keeps me motivated.
I love teaching, and it is integral to my work as a painter. I feel like we are all on this journey together, continually discovering what is inside us as artists. I have written three books on collage and mixed media, one on ceramics, and have produced one DVD on painting and collage techniques. I have a new book in the works that is on abstract painting and the elements of visual language.
About The Artist
Color, line, shape, pattern, texture, and depth: these formal elements are my foremost source of inspiration. It is after the fact that I connect my visual vocabulary to specific features of my experience. I see landscape, coastline, worn surfaces, rocks, and tides. I try to throw together contrasting elements, as if they washed up on the beach in a random arrangement, and then see how I can relate them to one another in a way that surprises me. I leave my paintings open to interpretation by the viewer, and I hope you will have fun looking at them!