I use my creative practice to contemplate rituals–sacred and mundane–that people use to navigate life as individuals and communities. I approach painting as a means of visual storytelling. My objective is to entice people with beauty enough that they slow down, take time to enjoy looking, and perhaps meditate on the larger narratives of human experience in which we collectively participate. I recently joined Spokane Public Library’s (SPL) inaugural cohort of artists at The Hive, an initiative to increase access to the arts, and integrate the arts into spaces of public engagement. In this residency I am continuing the series of paintings entitled kəˈnekt. Part galaxy, part molecule, part Venn diagram, they are all visual metaphors of interpersonal change in communities, and the rhythms of isolation, connection, and belonging.
I earned my MFA in Painting from Colorado State University. Venues where I have exhibited work include the Eric Dean Gallery (Crawfordsville, IN), Clearstory Gallery (Spokane, WA), Doane College (Crete, NE), Terrain (Spokane, WA), Ice Cube Gallery (Denver, CO), Narrows Center for the Arts (Fall River, MA), and Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center (Cincinnati, OH). I taught traditional and contemporary studio practices at Wabash College, Slippery Rock University, and Colorado State University, as well as in non-curricular settings with adult learners in the US and abroad. And I served as the visual art editor for Ruminate Magazine for 10 years, and continue to be involved in projects that explore the relationship between spirituality, faith traditions, and the arts.
Gouache and mica pigment