I am interested in collaborative work.
I am a seeker of that which is beyond the obvious; the deeper psyche, the mystical reality of who I am in each seemingly ordinary moment. My art process has me always surrounded by several works-in-progress at a time, like the several children that I have always had around me. They are each created with a vision of beauty, compassion and depth, and each develops in its own unique way. A lot of my time is spent staring at my images, and working on this one and that one, through stages of birth, struggle, and finishing each with joyous resolution. I paint because it heals me. I can feel my own essence and express myself. I love the feeling language in the colors, shapes and textures of abstract art. Yet I want more. I believe I can connect with my audience and myself more deeply using the language of the human face and figure. Body language is something we all innately understand and the gesture says so much. I am fascinated by the geometry of mandalas and how interesting the figure can be as a design element repeated in the circular format. I paint, sculpt, print and design the figure into themes of nature spirits, goddesses, angels and lovers. They are all self-portraits of facets of my own inner spirit.
My work is primarily figurative and expressive through gestures that seek connection to all life, human, animal and plant. I have developed an extensive series of acrylic mandala paintings using anthropomorphic figures repetitively around the circles, as well as images of winged and tree people in various media. I also make paper, and use it to lino print or collage with. In clay, I hand build cups with faces, ocarinas, masks and hamsas.
Rather than exclusively show my art to gallery clientele, I use venues that are accessible to anyone; I sell my originals and also reproductions, cards and smaller items at outdoor shows, art crawls, art centers and retail gallery shops, as well as online sites. My teaching has taken me from art centers to school residencies through MN State Arts Board, to community education classes, mental health and access programs. My favorite way of teaching is to offer art as a way to heal. Healing is in my art.