What is your background?
I’ve been a Marketing Consultant for 15 years, a painter for 5 and have recently started a blog. My artwork is mostly abstract acrylic on canvas. Prior to painting, photography and dance were my creative outlets.
What does your work aim to say?
My work is inspired by music, movement, and emotion, all of which lead to a connection through vulnerability. I believe true connection guides us to understanding and empathy. It’s important to me to connect with other women and encourage them to be creative, to be true to who they are and wake up to their powerful connection to the universe.
How does your work comment on current social and political influences?
My work is about connecting through music, movement, and emotion. There is a vulnerability to all of that which is so important during this social and political time. I believe that it’s the sharing of our stories and truly connecting with others that will turn the tides to a better understanding. This is a critical time for women to come together, step into leadership positions and encourage each other. I try to do that every day whether that be with painting, writing or through a personal connection.
What are the obstacles that female artists still encounter today in regard to their art, or the fact it's made by women?
Some people don’t take women’s art as seriously and often think it’s “just a hobby” or that it’s all the same. I have also found that people think women’s art should be pretty and perfect and that the artist needs to be too in order to be successful. You see so many artists, especially young female artists on display with their work on social media. They get more attention and it works for them, but it always feels inauthentic to me.
I find, as an abstract artist, that there is more of a market for men, which I think may have to do with this idea that women need to be precise and not “messy” or complicated.
What advantages are there for being a woman in the art world?
It’s probably more comfortable expressing emotion for women, though I have men who connect with my art in that way too. There is also a mentality of support and encouragement between women artist that I have loved.
How do you feel/want to be/are perceived in the art scene?
I want to be seen as someone making real connections through my art.
Minneapolis - USA