Welcome to my website! I am an abstract mixed media artist living just outside of Austin, Texas with my husband, two children, and two dogs.
In my paintings I create layer upon layer of rich color and expressive marks, sometimes incorporating hand painted collage elements. The end result is a painting rich in texture and history. I like to immerse myself in the process and embrace mistakes and happy accidents. I love it when lines or colors peek through the upper layers or when I scrape away part of an upper layer to reveal glimpses of what came before.
When asked to describe my art, two Japanese terms come to mind; Kintsugi and Wabi Sabi.
Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum. As a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object rather than something to disguise.
Wabi Sabi is the art of seeing beauty in imperfection and accepting the natural cycle of growth, decay, and death.
My paintings, much like people, have a history and not all of it is pretty. Many things happen to them along the way but it all comes together in the end as a beautiful composite. Our scars are beautiful because they are part of our story and they show we survived the pain. There is beauty in imperfection.
In my work I use acrylic paint along with ink, graphite, charcoal, water-soluble media, and oil pastels. Nothing is safe from experimentation. In my art and in my life, I believe in finding beauty in the mess.