What is your background?
I was born and raised in Encinitas, California. I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute. I currently live and work as an artist in Encinitas, California.
I have always practiced art as a hobby, and I decided in 2010 to take it more seriously. I had previously dismissed it as a passion project but not something I could truly study and turn into my career. I made a home studio and started taking local figure drawing classes. This culminated in applying to art school. A couple years later, I transferred to San Francisco Art Institute where my art practiced truly blossomed and transformed. I realized being an artist in every sense of the word was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
What does your work aim to say?
I investigate my routine interaction with the world by depicting people and objects that I encounter daily, translating these experiences into paintings to examine the opposing positive and negative forces found in everything. I’m captivated by the magic in the mundane and am driven by a keen sense of observation and attention to atmosphere. I depict routine moments and objects to capture, hold, and examine the elusive beauty and humor in everyday existence.
Created with oil or acrylic, my work emphasizes pattern, light, reflection, and repetition. I explore kitsch, consumerism, euphemisms and voyeuristic separation to suggest the inherent comedy, and absurdity, of daily life. Even incidental moments can hold incredible meaning and beauty. My work highlights and honors the significance of the current moment while often poking fun at how ridiculous it can be.
How does your work comment on current social and political influences?
My work highlights and honors the significance of the current moment while often poking fun at how ridiculous it can be. In this age of superficiality and selfie-obsessed culture, I choose to solidify subtle moments through painting in ways that our technology-based culture is unable to address. The essence of creating a painting in itself counteracts our culture of instant gratification and obsessive real-time documentation. My process of painting, as well as my finished paintings, attempt to slow down our fast-paced world, to memorialize precious, sometimes overlooked moments. I often stumble upon unusual beauty in unforeseen circumstances. My work exemplifies these exquisite “in-between” moments.
What are the obstacles that female artists still encounter today in regard to their art, or the fact it's made by women?
It is not an easy road to becoming an artist. I have and continue to experience self-doubt and questions about my career choice. I feel I am always having to prove myself to others as a career in the arts is never a clear-cut path. To be able to create and share what I see with others is invaluable. I would choose nothing else even though it can be incredibly daunting at times. As a female painter, I feel I must work extra hard to be taken seriously as an artist, and I am excited to see more and more women, including myself, feel empowered as artists to pursue creative endeavors.
What advantages are there for being a woman in the art world?
I feel there is a great shift happening and women are continuing to be more and more empowered in their given career paths, including those in the art world. The attention and support are leaning towards women as the patriarchy is being torn down as an increasing amount of women feel able to come forward and speak their truth. This has had a significant trickle effect into the art world as I feel more female artists are being acknowledged, praised, and respected for their work in comparison to the past norms of the art world that gravitated toward highlighting the work of male artists. The art world is one of many worlds that are being opened up for female artists.
Encinitas - USA