I'm an artist living in Texas.
My artistic process is to paint from life. It’s a celebration of the slow gaze, work that comes from a deep sense of gratitude and a longing to practice mindfulness. The still life setups are composed of daily life—finding beauty, life, energy and delight in ordinary moments and objects. My work connects with the tradition of Vanitas by including ephemeral flowers, fish and vegetation.
I combine acrylic paint and paper on canvas to create a surface that invites a close look, using wrapping paper and vintage ephemera such as map fragments, ledger paper, hymns, poetry and Little Golden Book Encyclopedia pages for children. This is a way to include other voices and viewpoints within the image, a sense of nostalgia and the possibility for making a myriad of connections. Intense color, light, pattern and texture are a focus that drive me on this creative journey. Grappling with these ingredients feels like a very serious form of play. Hopefully, that joy and engagement show up in the work and are contagious. The polka dot grids refer to faith in atoms, spirit, pixels and all of the things that are hard to see that pervade the physical world.
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"If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough."