My work, in a broad sense, reflects my love of abstract process and mark making as an emotional conduit. I am very drawn to the visual presence of feeling within most marks and colors. Behind my own marks rest a myriad of emotions and thoughts- some concrete, some subconscious. My objective is to gather a deeper awareness of my emotions' existence, and then process this construct through my work.
I primarily use acrylics, Venetian plaster, coarse molding paste, graphite, and charcoal on either paper, canvas, or wood panel. Creating layers as a visual objective is a recurring theme in my pieces. It reflects how my choices in life build upon themselves to form who I am. I love the echo of how purposeful and accidental marks work together when visual harmony is achieved.
My work displays an emotional record of spirituality as I learn to carve it out of each varying day. My pieces are often a response to resisting 'busy'. I define 'busy' as emotional, spiritual, and mental clutter. I define 'clutter' as anything kept around for reasons that do not serve my greater sense of peace and harmony. I acknowledge both conscious and subconscious impulses as well as their resulting circuitous paths on a journey to find the proverbial pot of gold - peace.
My pieces use a visual mix of abstract marks and punctuated realism. Abstract images evoke unrealized emotions. My images are therefore meant to be felt, existing outside the constraint of language. They express visually emotional messages and triggers. When I do include recognizable objects in my work they serve as an instructional role to convey a concrete thought about which I am curious.
Since childhood my default has been to visualize my experiences. I drew pictures for hours as a girl, feeling drawn to art's non-verbal expressions. It was natural. It was easy. My mother told me I didn't speak audibly till the day after I started preschool at 3 years old. Maybe it's because I understood my world best through other senses that weren't primarily literal. I use art's methodology to convey the clarity of emotional language. My penchant for visual art continued through my schooling and I received a BFA with majors in art history and printmaking from Washington University in St. Louis, studying under Joan Hall, Peter Marcus, and Lisa Bulawsky. Shortly after graduating, I taught 2-D fine arts courses at Lovett School in Atlanta, Georgia. From there I moved to St. Paul, MN where I joined the AZ Cooperative Gallery and exhibited my early work through group and individual shows. After 3 years of Minnesota winters, my husband and I moved to Dallas, Texas where I continued to weave my need for visual creativity into my hopes of creating a family. My experience as a mother has shed a deeper light on my life and thus my work. The depth of experience from my own existence coupled with sharing in my children's experiences continues to offer a powerhouse of empathy and awareness from which to draw. My life has gained depth and vision through the love and journey experienced through each of my children.
My work conveys my acknowledgment and acceptance of the encountered feelings and emotional experiences of each present day. It is the life that runs through all my work, really. Sometimes I deal with it directly, but sometimes I don't. It is my vision that when people look at my pieces, they will gain an unspoken permission and encouragement through my own vulnerability to slow down and be honest with themselves and thus, accepting of our mutually shared and beautifully stained humanity.
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