My work is inspired by the organized abstraction of nature and the universe. I also take inspiration from many abstract expressionists, particularly women painters who are finally being recognized. I rarely include any representational references in my work, mostly making a point of not doing so. Neither do I title most work as I want the viewer to see the painting or print from their life experience, not mine. I am particularly fond of mark making - scribbles, splashes, lines, glyphs, splatter, etc. I am also drawn to color. And I own the chaos in my paintings.
I am largely self-taught with two plus years of intensive training at The Drawing Studio in Tucson, daily study, and various workshops. I am an abstract expressionist painter and monotype artist. My monotype study is primarily with Ron Pokrasso of Santa Fe at his Firenze and Guanajuato workshops. I resided at Curley School Artists Residence in Ajo for one year where I was able to further my skills. My original teachers were landscape painters but I found that landscapes could not hold my attention. Always having a love of abstract art I took the leap and found my place.
I have exhibited in Southern Arizona since 2004 at various art fests and community shows from Phoenix to Ajo. I have exhibited at Contreras Gallery of Fine Art, Raices Taller 222, Steinfeld Community Art Center, Tubac Center of the Arts, Murphey Gallery at St. Phillips, The Manhattan Graphics Center (NYC), Toscana Gallery in Oro Valley, Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild, Gallery Azul, aVita Gallery in Ajo, Under the Arches in Ajo, Curley School Cafeteria Gallery, University of Arizona Art of Planetary Science exhibits, and the State of Arizona Executive Office Building in Phoenix.
Currently, my work can be seen at Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Tucson International Airport, Moonlight Creations Gallery at Steinfeld, the Tucson Mayor’s office, Remarque/New Grounds Print Workshop in Albuquerque, and River Oaks Square Arts Center in Alexandria, Louisiana. I currently have a solo show of works on paper at the Kirk-Bear Canyon Library. Beth Surdut wrote a piece about my monotype art that was published in the October issue of Desert Leaf.
I am affiliated with Contemporary Artists of Tucson, Contemporary Artists of Southern Arizona, Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild, and various on-line groups.