Ever the curious explorer, my abstract mixed media works are guided by my connection with the natural world. I celebrate the beauty and ecology of roots and home, human and non-human. My creative process is fueled by traditional ways of knowing and modern scientific knowledge, maintaining a deep respect and attunement to the language of our first Mother, Earth.
Every painting begins with the spark of an idea and movement to action. Colors are inspired by, or directly derived from, foraged and gifted material. My painting process resembles the Earth's own creation: early layers are fluid and blended, followed by shaping and 'excavation' of the composition. Layers of color, texture, and collage are applied until the work is ready for the final flourishes of detailed marks.
All of my works area mark of place, time, and material. They are a map of the terrain and the heart that holds it dear.
I make the collage papers I use by hand, and otherwise incorporate some realistic line drawings of botanicals if called. Other media include earth pigments, ink pencil, and oil pastel.