Everything in nature exudes a quality particular to itself, and creating artwork is discovering that distinct rhythm. Exploring how the interaction between objects makes a song, a pattern, and a harmony is what drives my creative energy.
In 2009 I graduated from Colorado College after majoring in studio art. I went on to work as a printmaker and studio manager for Master Printer Susan Oehme in Steamboat Springs, Colorado for three years. My technical training continued at the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy and New York where I studied drawing and painting. Interspersed through my artistic life have been periods of working on organic farms. Patterns and communication in nature continually informs my work.
Now I live on a former Christmas tree farm in a tiny cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains. My partner and I are slowly restoring the land to a more fertile and indigenous system capable of supporting multiple spheres of life. I am fascinated by the interconnectedness of material and psychological space, and how all of life is enmeshed. Making artwork is a way for me to explore, visually and spiritually, this reality.
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It is very important to me to keep my biological impact as low as possible in my process and at the same time use the highest quality materials available. I mix almost all of my oil paint by hand using natural earth pigments and walnut oil--everything I use is non toxic. I do not use mineral spirits. When I frame my artwork I use sustainably sourced scrap wood from the USA or found vintage/upcycled frames.