About

STATEMENT

I am inspired and influenced by visual opposites: the clean lines of mid-century design and rough tribal art, Art Deco elements and raw and primitive gestural marks. Also in the mix is this attraction to two-dimensional icons and occult symbols, rustic chapels, and altars. I work to piece together a satisfying union of these visual influences that makes sense and lands quiet.

The major themes that inform my work include connections and transformation. I am very interested in the ways in which we are changed in relationships—from the most surface encounters to deeply intimate and profound experiences. I also think a lot about the relationships we have with our own life trials and callings, as well as in communion with the Self.

These themes show up in my process as I spend a lot of time fine tuning colors and shapes. I also often use lines and arcs to indicate connections and flow. To suggest another dimension, I may paint odd angles to make faux 3-D, or extend rays and washes off the edge of the picture plane. I use seemingly religious symbols because in their purest purpose, in conjunction with sincere meditation, they can be doorways to illumination. I continue working until a narrative develops within the composition and a definite, clear essence arises. Sometimes a final painting may resemble a strange, alchemical device, an abstract chapel, or a crude sailing vessel--all of which have a common end goal of transmutation.


ABOUT

I've lived in Colorado almost my entire life, and have been a maker in Denver since 1996. I made my first paintings on thick shards of glass from a shattered pastry case--the glass “canvas” my first teacher as it allowed for extensive experimentation. I continued working on other found surfaces such as vintage windows and lumber scraps and boards from discarded art crates. I briefly forayed into collage using found papers and vintage wallcoverings, as well as built painted wood assemblages from construction site off-cutts. I finally "graduated" to painting on stretched canvas in the last few years after working closely with an inspiring interior designer.

Before painting, I sewed hats and record bags made from upholstery remnants for local DJs. As a young child I was entranced by my grandmother's quilt making--an obvious influence with the joining of hard-edged shapes and a rhythmic use of color. I'm quite math-minded and am constantly drawn to organize and understand the obscure that I hope forever eludes me.


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS (*solo)
2017
Denver Designer Showhouse, Denver, CO
Amsterdam Kimpton - Prints for "Corridors" project

2016
Artwork Network - "Entice" Group Show, Denver, CO
2013
Denver Designer Show House, Denver, CO
2012
Space Gallery - 11 Year Retrospective Group Show, Denver, CO
BANG! - The Beyond is Nearest at Hand*, Denver, CO
2011
Rebel Salon - Holding it Together *, Denver, CO
Fashion Denver - My Crooked House*, Denver, CO
2010
Metropolis - Small Symmetries*, Denver, CO
BANG! - Return to Truth*, Denver, CO
2009
Denver CORE - group show, Denver, CO
Carol Mier Fashion - Untitled*, Denver, CO
Metropolis - Balancing Act*, Denver, CO
2008
VAIN - Gather, Assemble, Nest, Depart*, Denver, CO
2007
Cafe Karma - Untitled*, Denver, CO
2006
BANG! - Precarious Balances *, Denver, CO
2005
Mario’s Double Daughter - Afloat*, Denver, CO
VAIN - Fancy, Wavy, Golden*, Denver, CO
2004
New Denver Civic Theater Gallery - Light & Milky*, Denver, CO
CORE - The Abstract Show (Juried Show), Denver, CO
Hairspray - Songs in the Ether*, Denver, CO
Space Gallery - Aiming for the Seam, Denver, CO
Revoluciones Collective Art Space - Head Rest, Denver, CO
2003
Rattlebrain Theater Gallery - Acts of Devotion*, Denver, CO
Forest Room 5 - Jazz Licks, Denver, CO
2002
Chance Operations Gallery - (Group Show), Denver, CO
Rattlebrain Theater Gallery - Moon’s Jest*, Denver, CO
2001
Space Gallery - Strung up after the Circus, Denver, CO
23rd Avenue Sculpture Gallery - Group Show, Denver, CO
Arts on Vine - New Visions Through Old Windows*, Denver, CO
2000
Soulsciety Collective Art Space - Group Show, Denver, CO
Revoluciones Collective Art Space - Group Show, Denver, CO

EDUCATION
2002 - Hugo Anderson Studio
2001 - Art Students League
1998 – BA University of Colorado, Denver

PUBLICATIONS & FEATURES (Print & Online)
Saatchi Art (2016): The Year in Art: Best of 2016
Saatchi Art (2016): Inside the Studio
Saatchi Art (2016): Fall Catalog
Luxe Interiors (2016)
Luxe Interiors (2013)

Behance (2012)
SharksEatMeat (2012)
ZeroMile (2010)
Image Magazine (2008)

COMMISSIONS
2005-Present
Commissions for private clients including:
Suites on Third, Champaign IL
VAIN Salon, Denver CO

Rattlebrain Theater, Denver CO
BANG Restaurant, Denver CO

COMMUNITY
2006-Present - Art related projects and classroom volunteer: Stanley British Primary School, Bromwell Elementary School, Denver Cooperative Preschool, St. Louis Catholic School

CHARITY / DONATIONS
Lenah Deney Silent Auction, PBS, Lukemia / Lymphoma, PACE, Denver Cooperative Preschool, Habitat for Humanity, ArtReach Denver, Bromwell Elementary