Originally from Michigan, I have lived in Seattle for the past 18 years. I have studied art at Kalamazoo College, the University of Michigan, and from local Seattle Artists.
Mixed media has been my creative choice over the past decade. I use texture in combination with contradicting patterns to create visual tension. Using a layering technique with paints and papers allows me to create both depth and whimsy.
I have been influenced by Expressionism, particularly the intensity of German Expressionism, and Cubism. I am also drawn to the honesty in folk art—strong, simple forms that evoke complex feeling. I love the vibrant, pulsing colors in Mexican folk art and the complexity of—and reliance on—pattern represented in the art of the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
Bachelor of Arts, University of Michigan
Master of Science in Education, Johns Hopkins University