After growing up in the Cascade Foothills, I find the power of nature is my greatest influence and the impact of human pressures, my greatest concern. Since receiving my art degree from Portland State University in 1996, I have been exploring environmental issues, focusing on the contrasts that occur when nature is viewed as society’s resource. I strive to show the strength and resilience of nature while questioning the balance of our own presence.
My paintings emerge through a process of acrylic layered over mixed media on birch panels. the collaged surface materials often consist of maps and text from a region, paper bags, sand paper, cedar bark, and gold flake. Alternating process of building up the surface and breaking the surface down through sanding and scratching creates a lush base from which the composition evolves. From afar the movement and images are alluring. Upon closer examination, the surface speaks to the viewer in its own way, revealing bits of texts and maps that invite a deeper exploration of meaning. Through the layers of paint and meaning my work resonates the message of hope and healing.