Creating is a contemplative act of listening.
The anchor of my life is the forest. I think it is possible that the anchor of all life is the forest. Whenever I feel distracted or disheartened, when I engage with this living system—a refuge that is unpredictable and changing, but made of the same elements as my body—my senses keen, and my breath deepens.
There is a rooted, quiet language that is accessed through concentration, physical attentiveness, and openness. The heart is an organ of perception. In my new work I am exploring the unseen connections that I feel and find in my environment. The woods are my home, and are my focus. I am interested in the relationships between living systems that the mechanized world seems to have forgotten are alive and connected: the soil, trees, water, plants, animals, the planets, and people.
I believe that everything has a way of communicating, and exudes a rhythm particular to itself. Through focused observation and becoming attuned, I am following a path inwardly and outwardly. Painting and drawing are my media to express the sacredness of life.
In 2009 I graduated from Colorado College with a major in studio art. I went on to work as a printmaker and studio manager for master printer Susan Oehme at Oehme Graphics in Steamboat Springs, Colorado for three years. My technical training continued at the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy and New York at the Mana Contemporary where I studied drawing and painting. Interspersed through my artistic life have been periods of working on organic farms and learning how to grow food. Patterns and communication in nature continually informs my work.