What is your background?
I am a self taught artist and began painting about 2 years ago. I worked for many years as a commercial illustrator creating digital collage for the editorial, publishing and advertising markets.
What does your work aim to say?
I create personal landscapes influenced by the natural landscape that surrounds me. My paintings are influenced by the sedimentary formations of The Great Basin and the marks left behind by a millennia of water which is no longer there. The painting process mimics nature through pouring, scraping and mark making. Acrylic medium washes, stain the canvas creating depth as the layers build. Informed by a passion for color, and influenced by the Arroyo's of the desert, and the rivers and creeks of The Pacific Northwest.
Reflecting the joy of movement, my process involves my whole body, large strokes of colour poured or scraped across the canvas punctuated with graphic lines to guide the eye and balance the composition.
I build up my paintings in a very organic way. Working primarily with acrylic paints allows me to work intuitively. Marks and movement are added with pastels, graphite and spray paint.
What advantages are there for being a woman in the art world?
I don't know, I've never been a man in the art world:) Seriously though, I feel that women are conditioned to be more sensitive to their surroundings and to move a bit slower through the world. These are amazing assets for artists.
How do you feel/want to be perceived in the art scene?
I don't really have an art scene so I'm not sure how to answer this. I'm mostly in the studio and I love it there. When I do shows it's a great break and I enjoy meeting people who connect with my work but I'm always happy to be back in the studio or out in nature filling up my mental database with texture and color.
I hope that people perceive me as a dedicated artist who is always trying to develop and expand.
Las Vegas - Nevada - USA