Artist Statement

Painting has helped me claim the beauty and power in being sensitive and empathetic and has allowed me to bring feelings and emotions–the good, the bad, and the ugly–to the canvas to be seen and accepted. Through color, texture, words, and collage, I aim for my paintings to spark healing, self-love, and playfulness in myself and others. I am inspired by the joys and challenges of partnership, the grounding influence of redwood trees, the hooting of an owl, and aging gracefully. My process is intuitive, adding layer after layer until I hear the painting say “I’m done”.

My love of painting was sparked by a process-painting workshop I attended at Esalen over 30 years ago. I’ve studied Toni Littlejohn (Wild Carrots), Jack Scott at College of Marin, and currently participating in Lauren Mantecon’s ten-month Deep Dive II program. I’ve attended over six Creativity Retreats at Spirit Rock. Part of diving deep for me was transforming my garage into an art studio. My first show, where I sold four paintings, was held at John Wilmer Gallery in Sausalito, California. My second show, Mojo Exposed, was at The Depot in February 2013. I’ve participated in numerous shows at the O’Hanlon Center for the Arts and in the Mill Valley. Most recently I was in a juried abstract art show at the Sebastapol Center for the Arts in July 2022 and two works were in a group show Embodying Spirit: A Nine Woman Show in Santa Fe at the Nocturne 818 gallery August 2022.