My work often consists of layers of paint and paper applied intuitively to the canvas and then scraped back to reveal images that reflect a place, an emotion, a memory, the passage of time. A peek into the layers might uncover a thread of common experience or a place beyond worldly cares. It might evoke a peaceful simpler time or a wistful memory; bird sounds in our back yards, picnics in parks, walks through cities or forests. With no agenda for what the painting will ultimately be, I pay attention to the feelings the painting awakens and follow the direction it leads me. At times the images of the birds mirror my own feelings, thoughts and experiences: Nostalgia, surprise, joy, whimsy, disappointment, optimism. Sometimes I imbue the birds with human features to highlight our commonality. I sometimes use satellite photos of foreign landscapes to remind us that birds are free to go where they wish and borders are non-existent for migration. I also paint these images to call attention to the fact that our birds are vanishing. We have 3 BILLION fewer birds in North American than we had 50 years ago and extinction now threatens even the common and abundant birds we used to find in our everyday environment. Observing our fellow creatures is a constant shared experience which I try to capture and preserve in my own way, as our wildlife habitats recede.
I majored in Art in college. Junior year I attended the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. Later in life I attended Architecture school. Although I sporadically pursued my interest in painting and drawing over the years, I have recently returned to painting full time and set up my studio in Telegraph Hill overlooking the San Francisco Bay.
San Francisco Women Artists’ Gallery. Juried exhibition. Artist’s Choice, 10/8/2019-11/4/2019
Mantra Wines: Curated Exhibit. Love is a rebellious bird. 11/5, 2019-2/7,2020.
City Art Gallery. Group Show. 12/6 - 2/2, 2020.
San Francisco Women Artists’ Gallery. Juried exhibition. Leap Year. Juror Ashley L. Voss. January 4 - Feb 1, 2020.
San Francisco Women Artists’ Gallery. Juried exhibition. Out of the box. Juror Annette Schultz. February 4th 2020- March 1, 2020.
San Francisco Women Artists’ Gallery. Juried exhibition. Abstract Thinking. Juror Philip M. Bewley. August 7 - September 4, 2020.
Healdsburg Center for the Arts. Juried Exhibition. All creatures great and small. Juror: Jamie Luoto. 5/23-7/29.
San Francisco Women Artists’ Gallery. Salon Exhibit. October 2020.
San Francisco Women Artists’ Gallery. Salon Exhibit. December 2020.
In private collections in: San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Austin, Phoenix, Chicago, Oregon, Denver, Ann Arbor, Lake Tahoe,Marin County, Berkeley,Los Angeles, Sonoma,Fresno, Fredricksburg Texas.
Please contact me for pricing or inquiries about commissions. All paintings are available for purchase unless marked sold.