“Here lie Monsters” was often a phrase penned to ancient maps to warn sailors of uncharted or dangerous waters. To me this phrase represents those areas of the mind one must struggle to pass through in the journey to create. Embracing the struggle with the dark side of creativity and life while also working with the idyllic has great significance in my creative process.
Being classically trained in representational skills and observation, I often meditate and sketch from nature. Though my work is not specific in its imagery it frequently calls to mind elements from the physical world. Algae on ponds, weathered surfaces of neglected buildings, reflections on water and skeletal segments to name a few, are evoked in the paintings. These inspirations often combine with more intangible elements such as the white noise you used to see on analog television sets, static, the cosmos, cellular activity, thought and time. Though these muses are often identified in my work they are not the main focus of my inspiration. That principle would belong to the physical process of painting and the meditative journey and struggle to create.
The artist was born in the college town of Tuscaloosa, Alabama in 1957. She lived and worked in New York from 1985 through the summer of 2001, having previously resided in Houston, Philadelphia, and areas of Virginia and Tennessee. To be closer to family, the artist relocated to Richmond, Virginia in 2001.
M.F.A., School of Visual Arts, New York City, 1989
B.F.A., Philadelphia School of Art (now University of the Arts), Philadelphia, 1980
The State of Art Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 2001, The Fourth Annual Mermaid Show
Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, New York City, 1998, Emerging Artists (three person show)
G. W. Einstein Gallery, New York City, 1993, Celebration
80 Washington Square East Galleries, New York City, 1992, 17th Annual Small Works Show (juror: Arnold Glimcher, Pace Galleries, NYC)
Visual Arts Gallery, New York City, 1989, Selections
Visual Arts Gallery, New York City, 1989, Line
S.V.A. Galleries, New York City, 1989, Landscapes, etc. (solo exhibition)
Andreas Gallery, Washington, D.C., 1988, Pictures at an Exhibition
Les Ames Exhibition Space, Philadelphia, PA, 1980, Pastels
AWARDS, GRANTS, SCHOLARSHIPS
School of Visual Arts, Merit Scholarship, 1989
Art In Context, (www.artincontext.org)
World Artist Directory , (www.worldartistdirectory.com)