I am an artist with over 20 years of experience in creative pursuits and am driven by a deeply innate desire to CREATE. I have a degree in Apparel Design and Fine Art from Seattle Pacific University, and my current artistic passions include creating figuratively expressionistic paintings, designing artisan jewelry, and finding ways to weave art into my local community.
My works explore themes of femininity and mental health through a figurative lens with elements of surrealism and modern expressionism, and I often include personal imagery within my work. I am inspired by trying to capture what words alone cannot– things that beg to be expressed but cannot be easily parsed. I try to capture emotions and experiences with color, composition, and blurring the lines between reality and our inner worlds and imaginings. I believe that personal expression through art can be a very meaningful and healing form of therapy and that putting imagery to some of the mental health struggles that many people face offers a form of collective healing.
My primary medium is oil painting, but I also have experience working in acrylic, chalk pastel, colored pencil, charcoal, graphite, alcohol inks, conte crayon, watercolor, printmaking, metal, fiber arts, and as a muralist. I have had my art exhibited in many local and regional galleries, fulfilled several private artwork commissions, and have also completed murals for both public and private clients.
I am based in Vancouver, WA where I live with my husband, three children, and two cats. I teach art classes on a part-time basis in addition to being a professional fine artist and muralist.
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