ARTIST STATEMENT

I am curious about the weight of navigating human experience, and the various ways we walk around in our shoes.  My background in martial arts and psychology steer an exploration of balance (literal and figurative) and how we respond to forces internal and external to ourselves.  Working primarily in oil paint, and additionally in mixed media, photography, digital design, sound, sculpture and installation, I allow the idea at hand to dictate the chosen medium, as I explore the physical and symbolic aspects of materials and subject matter; often incorporating found objects and imagery from mass media in dramatic groupings.  I like to experiment at the edge of fear and failure, to create lush visual imagery intersected with conceptual puzzles and contemplations, and seasoned with a pinch of absurdity.  Themes of media culture, technology, nature, ego, and one’s relationship to self and others are mined for understanding of how we put one foot after the next, or not.

BIOGRAPHY

Born and raised in the Colorado foothills, I've been drawing and painting since the time I could hold a crayon.  I formalized my lifelong practice with a BFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Colorado Denver in 2016.  My education in psychology and handwriting analysis, coupled with a lifelong martial arts practice, channel into my work an interest in human experience, philosophy, mark making and movement.  I draw inspiration from Dahn Vo, Barbara Kruger, Hugo Ball and Kazuo Shiraga in my exploration of artistic process, as well as expression of idea.

 

­­I've been a member at Pirate Contemporary Art in Lakewood, Colorado since 2017.  My work has been exhibited throughout Taos, New Mexico, with Greg Moon Art, Wilder Nightingale Fine Arts and David Anthony Fine Art.  I've shown at solo and group shows throughout the Denver Metro area too, including with Pirate Contemporary Art, FoolProof Contemporary Art, The Dairy Block, Republic Plaza, Spark Gallery, Rodeo Market Gallery, Edge Gallery, Cleo Parker Robinson Theater, RedLine Gallery, the Dikeou Collection, Lakewood Cultural Center, the Denver Press Club, the Tivoli Complex, Anschutz Medical Center and the Emmanuel Gallery. I have worked at the Denver Art Museum and Dikeou Collection, as an intern.  My work is published in Titmouse magazine.  I was awarded the first place prize for the 2020 Colorado Juried exhibition with the Red Brick Center for the Arts, in Aspen Colorado, as well as the People's Choice Award at the 2016 Research and Creative Activities Symposium with the University of Colorado Denver.  I live with a big, bearded Viking looking man whom I call my main man (and beloved husband), and two wonderfully vivacious beasts whom I cherish with all my heart - those, I refer to as son and daughter.