What is your background?
I grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. My passion for art began when she was 13 years old and I never looked back. All my art instructor’s told me to stick with art… I’ve always felt like I didn’t have a choice. It’s just a part of who I am… I attended The Evergreen State College in Washington State. My art education took me to New York where I studied at The Art Student’s League and graduated from Wells College Aurora, NY. I now reside in my home town of Phoenix, AZ, where I continue my love for drawing!!
What does your work aim to say?
My work makes simple statements. My pieces show simple Ideas. Laughing, thinking, slipping on a banana peel. It’s all tiny moments in life.
I see art as another language to explore the human experience. In this Motif series I’m practicing soft and quiet tones. The drawings portray frustrating moments, quiet moments and/or moments where we mindlessly act. These are the little pieces that make up life and they interest me deeply.
What are the obstacles that female artists still encounter today in regard to their art, or the fact it's made by woman?
Moving beyond other people’s expectations and stereotypes of my work are obstacles I associate with being a female artist. However, the biggest obstacle for every artist is sticking to their true selves, not compromising what makes them authentic. Mostly, I try not to see being a woman as an obstacle. It’s all I know and it’s a beautiful and unique perspective I hope to share with the world.
What advantages are there for being a woman in the art world?
Art is taking an opportunity to step outside ourselves and see the world thru other people’s eyes. The advantage of being a woman in the arts is it makes you more aware of the exclusion of women and non-white artists from mainstream exhibitions and publications.
Phoenix - USA