I am an American printmaker from the San Francisco Bay Area, now living in a very small village 2 hours west of Paris.
I graduated from Art Center College of Design with a degree in Illustration. I have worked as a designer, book designer and creative director. I now devote my time primarily to printmaking.
My prints have been featured in shows in North America, Europe and Asia and are in private collections in many countries around the world.
My Artist Statement:
When I was a young woman, I had this dream: I stood at the bottom of a cliff on the shore of a wild, wind-swept sea. Around me lay intriguing signs and symbols which I instinctively knew held profound meaning, but I could not decipher them. At the top of the cliff, looking into the distance, stood a magnificent woman, wise and solitary. I approached her and asked “What does it mean?” She was dressed in black lace, intricately patterned. When she turned I was amazed to discover that she was me. This dream describes well my experience of life and, by extension, my art. I recognize that what I encounter or experience consciously and personally holds a deeper meaning which can be decoded only by seeking an unconscious and more universal source.
My art is a search for hidden significance. I create images in order to understand and make manifest an interior world. My preferred medium is printmaking as it is somewhat indirect, allowing the process itself to effect the resulting work. It has an inherent unpredictably that I find essential. It allows that alchemy between what is known and what is not yet imagined. I feel most authentic when I am a little uncertain of my path forward. I like to start with an intentionally vague idea, a whiff of something, a feeling, dream or problem. I begin to work and try to allow my intuition to guide my marks. Each step of the process informs the next. I work neither realistically nor entirely abstractly.
The results which please me most have elements of surprise. My technique of deeply etching copper plates is naturally uncertain and capricious. A traditionally intaglio method yields a relief print. This charms me in its contrariness. The bold and serpentine shapes which result from the etch are impossible to achieve in other printmaking methods and they suit my current imagery. Afterwards I add brilliant color with pastels that contrasts with the flat black skeleton, transforming graphic shapes into painterly compositions. My images develop into signs and symbols. I wish to engage my viewers in a sense of mystery, to allow room for their own discoveries and stories within the shapes I present. I hope for them to ask their own inner muse “What does it mean?” …Read More