1. Artist Studio in Portland, OR
2. Braddock, 36x36" flashe on canvas
3. Floodplain, 24x24", flashe on canvas
1. Clearing, 24x36", flashe on canvas
2. Buried, 30x30", flash on canvas
3. Artist in her studio.
Man’s impact on the landscape continues to be the basis of my work as I capture the feeling of the environment loosely based on what is currently happening in the world. In my new series I focus on the handling of the paint. I start with loose, expressive layers that slowly build up to more control and purpose. My layers are getting more complex as I play with color, contrast, shapes, and texture. My process is meditative and peaceful. It offers me a solution to the things in the world around me that I can not change. Painting allows me to participate in the world with a feeling of peace and control.
I was born in Coraopolis, a small borough of Pittsburgh, PA. My favorite memories are of the long car rides to my grandparents’ house in the country. I loved staring out the window watching the landscape zoom by.
I would sit next to my Pap at the dining room table and draw. After high school I attended the Pennsylvania State University as a Landscape Architecture student. I spent two years learning how to create and interpret the environment before my desire for art led me to the Integrative Arts program. I was able to use my Landscape background as a foundation for a degree in Art. After graduation I moved to Phoenix, AZ and spent 3 ½ years exploring the southwest and gaining inspiration from the vast open desert. In 2005 my longing for rain, grass and trees led me to the Portland, OR. Here, I am an active member of the local art community and a participant in several charity events. Elements of the Pacific Northwest strongly appear in my paintings, yet they also reflect colors and memories from the place I have lived and traveled.