This series attempts to blur the boundaries between old and new, historical and contemporary, fine art and craft, realism and abstract, conservative and liberal, public and private, feminine and masculine, sustainable and fashionable, pure and impure, asking the viewer to re-examine their understanding of and relationship with these ideas.
As a queer feminist artist, my conservative Catholic childhood was often at odds with my own beliefs and values. The juxtaposition of abstract, modern strokes, lines, and colors against traditional background themes and color palettes is like taking all of that conservatism of my youth and flipping it inside out, thus creating a new narrative. Reclaiming these fabrics is a personal and political statement exploring gender and identity politics.
Afternoon Tea Party
16” x 16” acrylic, graphite, and oil pastel on stretched vintage Schumacher floral fabric
16” x 16” acrylic and pastel on stretched vintage Schumacher fabric
You Have To Be A Member To Eat Lunch At The Club
12” x12” acrylic and charcoal on stretched vintage Schumacher floral fabric
9” x 12” acrylic on vintage Schumacher fabric
Picked Last To Dance
24” x 30” acrylic and charcoal on stretched vintage Schumacher fabric
We Didn't Get The Memo On Neutrals Only
8” x 10” acrylic and charcoal on stretched vintage Schumacher fabric
20” x 30” acrylic, pastel, and charcoal on stretched vintage fabric
Blending In: More Like The Help Than The Guests
16” x 20” acrylic and pastel on stretched vintage Schumacher fabric
Wear Your Best Jewels
acrylic on vintage fabric
acrylic on vintage Schumacher fabric
The Witching Hour
acrylic and pastel on vintage Schumacher fabric
8” x 10” acrylic and pastel on stretched vintage fabric
It Was A Bad Fight
8” x 8” acrylic and charcoal on stretched vintage Schumacher fabric
8” x 10” acrylic on stretched vintage Laura Ashley
The Personal Is Political
As a queer feminist artist, the personal is political and the political is personal. I have been looking closer at how I navigate the world based on my identity and experience, as a queer person, a woman, an artist, a teacher... My work is a raw expression that tells a story of memory, feeling, place, time through relationships between color, shape, space, texture, and movement. There is an internal struggle between order and chaos that plays out across my pieces. Being able to infuse the personal and political within a composition leaves an emotional resonance with the viewer.
24” x 24” acrylic, spray paint, and pastel on stretched linen
Pussy Grabs Back
24” x 36” acrylic, spray paint, tape, and charcoal on stretched canvas
Hear Me Out
12” x 16” acrylic and charcoal on stretched canvas
16” x 20” acrylic, pastel, charcoal on stretched linen
We Dance The Revolution
16” x 16” acrylic, spray paint, and charcoal on stretched canvas
The Chemistry of Us
16” x 20” acrylic and spray paint on paper
I Don't Want Your Purity
9” x 12” acrylic and spray paint on paper
Throwin' Punches In Bikini Bottoms
12” x 16” acrylic and paper on stretched canvas
After undergoing brain surgery in 2014, my sense of color, line, shape, space were all heightened. Paint became my primary language, allowing me to express and process all that was happening during my recovery. Painting is often a projection of my inner thoughts, struggles, feelings, and is a push-pull between me and the canvas. Each mark is a reaction to something previous, full of intuitive movement, tension, and balance.
This on-going work explores an emotional landscape of feeling and memory I am unable to express elsewhere. Using color, line, shape, and space these thoughts and feelings begin to create their own narratives through the paintbrush.
The Way They Stand
This series is influenced by the lifeguard chair form. My childhood in Southern California was spent at the beach or in a pool. As an adult, water and sun continue to be sources of inspiration. This form is familiar, repetitive, and nostalgic. I keep coming back to it, exploring something new each time.
This Is Your Brain On Art
This series is inspired by brain imagery before and after undergoing surgery in 2014. The striking juxtaposition between the clinical science of my brain surgery and the aftermath of the organic creative process fascinated me and continues to inspire my work.
I grew up in Southern California and continue to be influenced by this landscape, and the nostalgia it renders; the beach, water, sun, trees, light, desert and all of the memories and feels in between.
Acrylic, pastel, charcoal, and colored pencil on stretched raw linen, 24” x 36” x 1”
Conversations in The Great Mountain Forest
I spend my summers in the woods of Norfolk, Ct. surrounded by tall trees, bright greens, wide skies, and open spaces. This series captures many of the feelings and colors of this special place. The elements bounce off of each other as if in conversation.
Summers Off is inspired by the forms, colors, and emotions from my time spent at Tobey Pond in Norfolk, Ct. As a teacher, summer is a time for rest and reflection. These scenes and colors are part of my summers off.
Take Me Back
Travel has had a profound impact on who I am as a person and artist. This series is directly inspired by cities, landscapes, palettes, and feelings from my travels abroad, especially the cities of Paris and Morocco.