ARTIST STATEMENT

I am curious about 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.  Working in paint, mixed media, photography, digital design, sound, video, sculpture and installation, I allow the idea at hand to dictate the chosen medium, as I explore the literal and symbolic aspects of materials and subject matter; often incorporating found objects and imagery from mass media in dramatic groupings.  In my hunt to adequately capture an idea, I allow for generous experimentation with style and technique, resulting in innovative imagery that intersects with conceptual puzzles and is sometimes 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 making art since I could hold a crayon.  I formalized my 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, and international travel, have channel into my work an interest in human experience, philosophy, mark making and movement.  I draw inspiration from Dahn Vo, Barbara Kruger, Hugo Ball, Henri de Toulouse-Lautre, and Kazuo Shiraga in my exploration of artistic process, form and expression of idea.

 

­­I've been a member at Pirate Contemporary Art in Lakewood, Colorado since 2017.  My work has been exhibited in solo, group and juried shows throughout Colorado, California, Montana, and in Taos, New Mexico numerous times, with Greg Moon Art, Wilder Nightingale Fine Arts and David Anthony Fine Art.  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 dude (who's wicked smaht) and two wonderfully vivacious creatures whom I refer to as son and daughter.  These three comprise the sunshine that fills my heart.