I’ve been an artist for over 20 years and have a degree in Apparel Design and Fine Art from Seattle Pacific University. My current artistic passions include figuratively expressionistic oil paintings and creating high-vibration jewelry. I love painting portraits and figures in particular, and aim to capture both the visual complexity of the physical subject in addition to their emotional complexity.
My most recent artistic works explore themes of femininity and mental health through a figurative lens, with elements of surrealism and modern expressionism. I juxtapose socio-cultural ideas of femininity and female identity found in history, literature, and religion with the experiences of the 21st century woman, and often include personal imagery within my work. I also explore ideas pertaining to mental health and believe that personal expression through art can be a very meaningful and healing form of therapy. Additionally, I feel that putting visual imagery to some of the mental health struggles that many people face offers a form of collective healing. At the very least, it is a tangible means of continuing the conversation around mental health, the important role art can play in ameliorating many of these issues, and breaking down the misconception that we are isolated in our struggles.
My primary medium is oil painting, but I also have experience working in graphite, charcoal, colored pencil, chalk pastel, conte crayon, watercolor, acrylic, printmaking, metal and fiber arts. I have had my art exhibited in many local and regional galleries, fulfilled several private artwork commissions, and my most recent achievement is the completion of a large, public mural commission in Vancouver, WA.
I am currently accepting commissions for both original artworks and custom murals, please inquire for details through my Contact page.
I am based in Vancouver, WA, where I live with my husband, three children, two cats, and teach art classes on a part-time basis.
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