Color and texture surrounded me in the grasses of the Midwestern plains and Eastern mountains as a child. I was born into a life or death family, my older sister had severe health issues and was not expected to live. She did however, with many operations and medical assistance. My awareness to the presence of living and dying was heightened through my family experience and continues to be processed through my paints.
I began painting murals in my homes as a young teenager, then I began painting and designing sets for theatre in 1995. I was enthralled with the ability to create a view into a world on stage. Mid degree, at the University of Kansas, I was drawn to exploring my own themes in Fine Arts. Instantly I found drawing and painting the human figure, landscapes, fruits and plant life provided much needed contemplative time to explore my connection to organic life and find acceptance in it . I studied abroad in Stoke-on-Trent, England in 2001 and began my studio practice. It was there, that I learned I had a deep desire to create work that observes the visceral, to allow acceptance of it. While visiting many large art museums in Europe I was inspired by the religious art to find a language that could talk about spirituality with inclusion to the human experience. I naturally was drawn to organic imagery that spoke to me about the laws of the biological cycles that all living things abide by.
I brought my studio work to Seattle in 2002 where my husband became a Naturopathic Doctor and I home birthed four children. Birthing is a huge gift of how to ease into pain, how to let the pain be a messenger for learning. I found that if I just trusted the process and relaxed in the midst of pain I could still enjoy myself even in the midst of difficulty. Our second daughter passed suddenly and unexpectedly at eight weeks old, she has been a teacher to me of the very death I grew up fearing and learning through pain. Assistant my subsequent children through their encounters of great social and personal pain has given me the chance to practice another layer of hearing pain's message. I listen and response to it as part of the enjoyment enjoyment of living. As I move through our good life I find my work teaches me how to view the difficult and bring it to ease. The rocky coast, mountains and vast vegetation of the Pacific Northwest has provided language for my interpretations of nature's voice as well as solace in my heart.