Through layers of paper and fabric, watercolor and ink, pencil and spray paint, a depth and an atmosphere are created. This is a subjective space beyond the restrictions of our cultures and our learned identities, an alternate reality. In this space, I explore the tension between being and becoming, articulations of striving and receiving and a communion of Selves. In this space I offer an invitation to explore one’s resonance with the potential energy of change and expansion. I offer an invitation to try on a new vision of one’s Self, an energetic impression. Who are we? Who do we want to be?
Artist, Healer, Mama, Student of planetary shifts and the mystic, my passion lies in speaking through images on paper and facilitating others as they connect with their creative fire and unexpressed power.
I work with watercolor, acrylic, a variety of chalks, pencils, pens and image transfers of photographs I have taken. Through these mediums I play with the idea of Spirit, energy and the unseen pieces that make us who we are. I enjoy exploring each medium's range of applications and limits which, in turn inspires the subject and feel of what I do. Love of the human form, a practice in energetic healing and a fascination with the unseen morphing shapes of nature inspire my work.
I received a Bachelor's Degree in Art at Indiana University, Bloomington and a Masters degree in Health Arts and Sciences from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont. I've had the honor of being a part of both solo and group art shows with my 2D and Video installation work.
I grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana, in a spiritual and mystical family, which was fairly unusual for the time and place. Uncommon in that, my grandfather taught and offered numerology sessions, 'A Course in Miracles' classes were frequently conducted in my living room and I was surrounded by friends with stunning abilities and skills to connect to the unseen. Art making and creative careers were supported in my family and modeled to me by my mother, a potter, and my father, a percussionist. When I look back my life from here, it makes so much sense that I am doing the work that I am doing (hindsight :) I however, was conflicted. All I wanted was to create, to be an Artist, but I felt lost on that path.
After college, I felt a sense of disillusionment with the arts and began traveling, ignoring all of my artistic inclinations and searching for another career path. This search eventually led me to a Masters in Health Arts and Sciences at Goddard College. It was my studies in energetic healing and dream work while at Goddard, that helped me begin to find how the arts could be a part of my life in an authentic way as well as how truly important connecting with our creative Selves is for the health of the individual and community.
As I moved into my renewed creative Self, watercolor became my initial medium of choice for it's accessibility. Quickly, basic watercolor splotches turned into mixed-media and my work slowly developed into a cohesive style. My art began to bloom but I was still struggling with accepting being an Artist as a viable career path for myself. And being a single mother, I was also struggling to find balance between financial needs and my desire to pursue my artistic goals. Unlike the previous times I had come to this crossroads, there was a visceral feeling that told me the easier way was no longer turning away from art. A shift happened; I allowed myself to truly see myself as an Artist. I was able to transition into work with a flexible schedule so that I could prioritize art-making while also supporting myself and my son. When the real shift happened. I could never go back from being an Artist.
I launched my website in 2016 and began showing and selling my work at local cafes, shops and craft shows. Besides focusing on my own work, I have begun to facilitate classes and mentor youth interested in the arts. My classes are generally a combination of art techniques and exploration in a variety of mediums, movement, guided meditation, breath work and introspective reflection. Classes are generally towards an audience that may feel intimidate by the arts or feel that they are not creative themselves.