Making art is as necessary for me as breathing. I need a consistent creative practice to manifest into reality the perpetual images in my mind. People often ask how I generate artistic concepts. All I have to do is get out of my own way. When critics suggest ‘focus on one thing,’ I consider Picasso and continue exploring many different mediums and subject matter.
The consistent thread through the experimental work is a focus on how humans learn responses to life from progenitors and combines my love of sculpture, painting, drawing and photography in assemblages of mixed mediums. The more recent compositions fuse my pictures of contemporary landscape and structure with my father’s, grandfather’s and great-grandfather’s photographic portraits. This direction gives form to my interest in the impact of lineage on an individual’s present day choices. Working with my ancestor’s creative effort feels virtually collaborative and the images relate or reframe a family allegory.
The Alphascape drawings are stream of consciousness hand movement while I watch murder and mayhem on the rare occasions when I sit down in front of a DVD. I’m surprised at what turns out as a result of alpha state drawings.
The experimental efforts press my comfort zone. When I need a space to feel relaxed and comfortable with art, I make traditional paintings and drawings to expand my knowledge of familiar subjects or techniques and make Mom proud of me.
My art education includes formal BFA process, workshops and apprenticeship. I’ve garnered prizes in juried shows, been hosted for solo shows and am currently represented by In Bocca al Lupo Fine Art in Oregon City, Oregon. My favorite award is a People’s Choice. Making art because I love the process is enough. When other people appreciate my art-making, I feel great satisfaction.