From a young age I was a wanderer. I spent my childhood surrounded by farms, creeks, and lakes in Indiana. Although this might sound like an idyllic setting, I was constantly bored. We were many miles from the nearest town. I loved creating, however, buying supplies meant going to the drugstore and searching through two shelves of basic school supplies. The best supplies available were my surroundings.
We had nearly 2 acres of grass to mow and rake during the summer months, which was a dreaded chore. As I raked these piles of dead grass into mounds, I soon started building and sculpting them into forts with sticks. I created these imaginary stories and soon the yard became my gallery. I would drift off into the woods and gather rocks and leaves. I’d dig clay out of nearby creeks, sculpt it and try to fire my works in our kitchen oven. This desire to create led me to study art at the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore, MD, where I received my BFA in painting.
Upon arriving in Baltimore, I was truly fascinated and overwhelmed by the city. My work became abstract, full of energy, tension, and chaos as I tried to process city life. Falling in love with the urban environment, I moved to New York City for a year to study with independent artists. Upon finishing my studies, I moved back to Baltimore, where I had two one-person shows.
Shortly after, I moved to Los Angeles where my work would take a big color shift; working mostly in black and white. The feeling of chaos started to dissipate and I began examining the human relationship to nature.
My work explores the connection people have to nature and the disconnection that often occurs in modern society. Abstractions of simple elements we are all drawn to are used to explore the connection. We all naturally gravitate towards the outdoors - a horizon line, water, open air or plant life.
Multiple environmental issues today are affecting our water, soil, and air. These elements are increasingly polluted as we have allowed ourselves to disconnect from the landscape around us. Reestablishing this connection is vital.
My work has been in multiple group shows throughout Los Angeles and is shown at Gallery 825 in LA. I currently reside in Los Angeles, CA with my husband and three children.