I use marks, color and form to translate emotions into abstract images, hoping to provoke a strong, even visceral reaction in the viewer. Much of my work mirrors the pull between heart and mind.
I usually start with a feeling or sense about something I care deeply about, such as spiritual traditions, women’s issues, a recent dream, or the devastation of our natural environment. However, curiosity about a color or a mark can also lead me into a painting. Before I begin, I try to let go of expectations and plans, and allow intuition to guide me. I am intrigued by the tension between depth and surface, between complexity and simplicity, and between excitement and fear.
I honor the importance of the Shadow, as well as the occasional flash of the Divine. Painting is sacred work for me, but I have fun in my studio, and try not to take myself too seriously.