Born and raised in Seattle Washington I have been holding a pencil to a blank piece of paper ever since I can remember. I lived in Europe when I was 9 and 10 years old and went to every art museum I could wangle my parents into taking me to. Stand outs were the plaster death body casts of Pompeii and the black paintings of Francesco Goya at the Prado gallery in Madrid Spain, both of which have influenced my own art making and what I think the power of art and the link between life death and art can and should be forever after.
I received a BA from the University of Nevada Reno with an emphasis on printmaking and photography, and an MA and MFA from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque in Fine Art Photography.
Though my advanced degrees are in photography, (a medium whose power still awes me) my MFA show introduced me to the joys of working in installation art. This show, The Daughters of Saint Catherine (a show addressing eating disorders, the cultural silencing of adolescent girls, and the patriarchal voice of authority)
travelled nationally and was the invited opening exhibit at the newly refurbished CEPA Gallery in New York.
Later installations have been Memento mori, and Pussy. Thematically fear, unease and injustice seem to lie at the heart of my creative self, with threads of rage outrage and violence always ever present. Gender politics and socio-economic issues are also exceedingly important to me and the a sounding board for the validity of my art making.
I joined NBAG primarily because I fell in love with the beauty and possibilities of the gallery space itself. NBAG being a co-op was icing on the cake. This is a great gallery, a great space and a treasure of talented and creative working artists.