I have been a creative since I was three years old when I dug into the earth and found magical creatures living where I would never had imagined. It ignited my curiosity and awe which opened me up to "anything is possible". A few years later in first grade I was given a set of 48 crayolas. I was told I could use these to make a picture. I was so bowled over with the perfect beauty of all the colors I thought how can I make something more beautiful than they are. I managed to trace a big maple leaf I found and carefully filled it will a rainbow of colors and treasured this image for years.
My education consists of a BFA at UC Berkeley in psychology and design, an MFA from Mills College in sculpture and photography, and an Art Therapy Certificate form Sonoma State University. In 2014 I did an intensive half year mentoring program with a professional working artist. Along with making my personal art, I have run my own graphic design firm, held the position of Associate Dean of Students at California College of the Arts, taught art classes at the junior college level and privately, facilitated cancer support groups using art for healing and led other Art Therapy workshops. As co-owner of www.LivingYourWildCreativity.com I have been teaching abstract art workshops in various venues thoughout the bay area.
I have shown my art in various galleries and museum throughout the Bay Area. Two of my most rewarding experiences include receiving the SECA Award from the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco as a most promising artist under 35. The other was collaborating with Lawrence Hall of Science. We co-created an exhibition of the Science and Art of weather. I displayed my hand colored photographic cloudsalong with scientific explanations of how clouds are formed and the weather they create.
My paintings are explorations of spontaneous, intuitive energy as it arises in my body. I attune to a clear and strong urge to create and follows the impulses, my own natural rhythms which ebb and flow. My paintings ultimately express my own true nature; a nature which is inherent in all of Life. My images are non-objective, emotional personal expressions and yet they also transcend the personal. My marks are an inner language I continue to discover on my unique journey in being alive. I feel directly connected to early people who first made marks to communicate and to express the natural markings of nature.
In my mixed media work, I layer found and created papers, and often adds marks, paint, oil pastels and other materials in a single image.