My work is shaped by my experience in the natural realm - years spent exploring wild places and abandoned urban landscapes - and by a passion for earth sciences, which informs both my content and process.
Much of the work investigates change and the act of becoming. I am fascinated with physical transformation in natural phenomena, whether on a geologic time scale or in a moment's reflection. A winter beach, scorched riverbed, road cut exposing ancient seabeds, or the forces of wind and snow on a high Sierra pine - all are fodder for my imagination and sense of wonder. I am equally compelled by human behavior and the transformative role we play in shaping our environment. A longtime urban dweller and explorer, my daily walks and regional hikes reveal moments of breathtaking mystery and discovery, informing my studio process.
Growing up in rural northern California with vast trails, fields and creeks at my door and a feral imagination, I roamed, created forts and treehouses, swam and delighted in unfettered freedom. Learning the true nature of plants from days spent dreaming in fields, hay bales and gardens, I carry their secrets today from my own urban garden to wild open spaces.
A similar freedom guides my studio practice, working intuitively and driven by exploration, chance, and the physical characteristics of pigments, water, mediums, paper and canvas. My process entails building a history of surfaces, forces and materials over time, working between what I feel and what I know.
Still Here honors grand old trees in their most fundamental beauty: limbs bare, trunks exposed. Working from photographs, memory and an attachment to each subject, each is a portrait of an individual in later stages of life. Incorporating text and symbols and a layering process, they embody the history and meaning of a life.
The Trace series records and reminds us of the unintentional and often unconscious marks we leave behind. Inspired by urban...
Little Bones draws on my interest in the human skeletal system, and the beauty of bones. Exploring catacombs and crypts, seeing the reverential, artful display of the dead, I jumped in to play with bones.
The Mosaics evolved from my fascination with north African tiles and their placement in patterns called mosaics. Like snapshots deconstructed...
Edge draws on my fascination with the point at which the edges of natural features meet another plane — sea...
Biophilia reminds us of our inherent natural state, and our increasingly fragile connection to nature in all its forms. Incorporating...