What is your background?
My background in art began early as my Father was a Graphic Designer and Sign Painter in the 1950’s. He would be my first mentor and critic for a long time. During grade school, 2nd through junior high, I was pulled out of classes to create school murals, work on sculptural projects, and paint sets for musical theatre.
In the 1990’s I became an Expressive Art Therapist, where I maintained a private practice for 10 years. In 2004, I decided to pursue art for a short break from my practice and have continued as an art maker to the present. I worked as a Home Staging Designer for several years and met an art consultant who marketed, acquired commission work for me and placed my work with collectors in the Bay Area as well as in Southern California and New York. I had my first solo show in 2016 in San Francisco and have exhibited in group shows since 2006 in the Bay Area as well as internationally.
I am a native of San Francisco and have been living and working in Oakland, California since 2011. Last year, I studied with Creativity Coach, Eric Maisel, author of over 40 books including Fearless Creating, Coaching the Artist Within, and The Creativity Book. Completing the Advanced Creativity Coaching Certificate and learning about what different artists experience around creativity was very insightful. I am also a musician hobbyist, playing the Double Bass and Electric Bass.
What does your work aim to say?
My work is non-objective, which is a type of abstract or non-representational art. It tends to be geometric and does not represent specific objects, people, or objects found in the natural world.
My work is strongly related to music and design. Especially jazz in various genres. The work represented here is part of a series called, “In the Pocket”. Refers to the overlooked aspect of jazz -- playing “in the pocket”. Pocket in jazz terms can mean the combinations of being between loose and tight, playing in the groove and not falling out of the pocket.
These color forms across the surface involve speeds and allowing the paint to express fluid dynamics wherever
they may drip or land. The space of working in these small paintings is contained by staying close to a rhythmic pattern as each color, form, and drip coincide.
How do you want to be perceived in the art scene?
I would like to be perceived as a self-taught artist who works hard. Someone who has exhibited a strong serious studio discipline in her craft, and remains prolific expressing work through painting, working in multi-media, including 3-D works. It’s a very competitive field and I would like to be seen as an artist who is respected and belonging to various art communities.
Oakland - California - USA