I'm an American artist who grew up in the South of France. The Provence countryside and the Mediterranean coastline were the backdrops of my childhood. The beauty of these landscapes left lasting impressions that continue to influence my choice of subject matter and the lens through which I see and paint the world.
Who I am as an artist is greatly due to my bohemian parents who understood the unmeasurable value in exposing me and my siblings to a rich array of cultures and sceneries, often taking us out of school to travel to foreign lands. Those early adventures seeded in me a deep love for this world and a curiosity to understand my place within it. I delved into the subjects of psychology and philosophy- two lifelong passions that continue to influence my creative choices.
I went on to a prolific career in the performing arts. But after nearly two decades in the industry, I felt creatively restless and craved a means of artistic expression I could control from conception to creation. Painting was a natural fit.
I am a self-taught painter.
My work process is intuitive. I just go for it and I discover as I go what works for me as an artist. The world of fine art is so dynamic; who knows how my work and artistic voice will evolve as I discover and incorporate new materials and technologies into my practice. The only constant I hope to keep is the curiosity and enthusiasm that drive me to create.
About my work
My inspiration comes mostly from Nature and from the duality of Beauty and Ugly that makes up the world we live in. My work seeks to capture that duality.
Each piece starts with me defacing the canvas, scoring it with marks, splatters of acrylic paint and scratches of a palette knife (my tool of choice!). In the beginning I don't want it to be pretty or delicate. In fact, throughout the creation process I will intentionally add elements that are jarring, aggressive and downright ugly when singled out, but that ideally harmonize within the piece as a whole.
I want to show how integral those "flaws" and “unsightly” elements are to the beauty and complexity of the artwork just as they are in Nature and in each of us. We are beautiful because we are flawed, not despite it.
My art practice mirrors my life-long journey to embrace and integrate all aspects of the self, so painting is a very intimate process for me. Whatever struggle or joy I’m experiencing in my life gets channeled directly into the painting and influences everything from the choice of subject matter to the color palette and the markings that are etched into the canvas. I couldn't paint without that intimacy, without leaving something of myself on the canvas, the good the bad and the ugly.