2016-17 Berkeley Art Center, “Here”, Berkeley
2016 Art Night SF, San Francisco
2016 Berkeley Art Party, Berkeley
2015-16 Berkeley Art Center, “Here”, Berkeley
2015 ProArts East Bay Open Studios, Oakland
2015 EBOS Preview Exhibition, ProArts Gallery, Oakland
2014 Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley
2014 Mythology Series, Peter Thomas, Berkeley
2012 Tech Liminal, Oakland
1999 Grant Street Gallery, San Francisco
1990 “Other Foot In The Door”, Minneapolis Institute of the Arts, Minneapolis
1989 “Configurations”, Security Pacific, Los Angeles (Review in L.A. Times)
1988 The Emerging Collector, New York
1984 Academy of Art College, San Francisco
Panorama Framing & Gallery
3350 Grand Avenue
Oakland, CA 94610
I use my art convey the liminal place that exists in me between my human and my animal dimensions.
I create powerful, iconic female images in nature, often interacting with animals. My imagery is deeply rooted in the nature of the East Bay. I spend many hours a week on the trails, often alone, observing and submerging myself in the beauty and wildness of my surroundings.
I base my work on my spontaneous sketches; I have no idea what I will draw when I begin. I watch the images come alive before my eyes, as if by magic. These images are all somewhere inside me, obscured by the noise of life and my mundane, quotidian thoughts. They can only be revealed through my hand moving across the paper. Drawing is how I make my subconscious visible.
I’ve been drawing since I could hold a pencil. In kindergarten, I started telling people I was going to be an artist when I grew up. This was my second choice; my first choice was to be a deer. I was very embarrassed about this when I realized you had to stay a human your whole life.
I had my first art show in 5th grade. My homeroom teacher had me hang my art around the classroom and then the other 4th and 5th grade classes filed in one at a time. Later, when it was time for me to go to college, my parents would not allow me to go to an art college or even major in art. My first act of disobedience ever was declaring my Fine Art major at Connecticut College.
I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area just after college, which felt like coming home. The natural surroundings have been a strong influence on my life and my art. I pursued an art career for about a decade but then decided I did not want to sell my art, as it was too personal. It was not until 2012 that I completely changed my mind on this. I was possessed by a strong desire to get my art out into the world. Since then I have had numerous shows and participated in East Bay Open Studios. I would like my art to bring beauty and inspiration to as many people as possible.