Since a small girl I  have always been engrossed with beauty and nature. I have always examined the details of natural things, the texture of a rock, the color shades in a sunset, the way the wind feels on my skin... Running, Walking or driving I see in contextual spaces and color. It is the intimate connection between the mind and our primal animal nature that I explore in my art.

There is a tension between what my unconscious mind is seeing and painting and what my conscious mind is trying to control. It is this tension, which reflects the struggle of the human spirit to find beauty and purpose between dreams and body, conscious space and unconscious space, which inspires my work.

 Bold color thrills me – subtle color and nuance draw me in to see what is there.  I use symbols that express reality and fantasy which come together to tell a story of human nature, of our perfection and imperfections  My intention has been to create works that are both beautiful and respect the viewer's intelligence. By presenting images and situations where immediate recognition and cursory viewing are insufficient to engage with the visual material. The approach is to create art with a greater intensity, saturation and luster in colors not generally seen on canvas.

 Paintings articulate experiences of psychoanalytic concepts as they relate to the process of creating art. I feel that art is therapy. It shows me a visual reflection of what happens inside my mind. I am able to sort out my thoughts and feelings through symbols and colors. My goal is for these symbols and colors to somehow touch and inspire the lives of people who are drawn to my paintings. I believe that art, like music has the ability to heal through vibration of colors rather than sounds.  Beauty is constantly staring us in the face, it takes being present to recognize it. 


 BIO

EDUCATION

AA in Fine Art 1987-1989 Daytona Beach Community College, Daytona Beach, Florida

BA in Communications and Marketing minor in Art 1990-1992. Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida

MBSR in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction 2015-2018         Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society, at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Oasis Institute

Education/Artist Training 

Contemporary Drawing and Painting 1995 CENTRAL ST MARTINS COLLEGE OF ARTS & DESIGN, UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS LONDON, ENGLAND

Figure Drawing with Pastels 1995. CENTRAL ST MARTINS COLLEGE OF ARTS & DESIGN, UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS LONDON, ENGLAND

Live Model Figure Drawing Intermediate 1996 CENTRAL ST MARTINS COLLEGE OF ARTS & DESIGN, UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS LONDON, ENGLAND 

Live Model Figure Drawing Advanced 1997 GREENWICH COMMUNITY COLLEGE, LONDON, ENGLAND

Exhibitions 

WAA Spring Art Show Wilmington, NC April 2012

Candid Gallery, Islington, London, England, February 1997 

Candid Gallery, Islington, London, England, February 1998 

ACRO Madrid Contemporary Show, Madrid, Spain 1994

Commissions

The Royal Ticket, 60x60 Oil on Canvas  1998. Matt Darko, London, England

Hydro Life, 24x36, Oil on Canvas 2000, Juan Garcia, private collection, Tenerife, Spain

Too Many Legs, 36x48, Oil on Canvas, Tony Martin, Private Collection, LA, California, USA


Artist Residency

Altos De Chevon, La Romana, Dominican Republic    1989
 

 Professional Memberships

Wilmington Art Association

WRAR