My mother is an artist. She may have taught me now to draw my shoes before teaching me how to tell tie them, and I believe she introduced me to expressionist painter Clifford Styll before Clifford the Big Red Dog. I grew up making art and loving art, but in my teens chose to pursue theatre over visual art as my main creative pursuit. My path in acting was deep and moderately successful, but not fully satisfying, and I returned to art-making in my thirties.
Still, I continue to see the world through an actor’s perspective, and I carry that sense of performance into the canvases I paint. I am interested in the intersection between character and setting, and the hidden meanings behind faces and quotations. I want to create scenes or portraits that can reveal stories or relationships for the viewer to discover and create. In this work, I have sometimes used borrowed images-- often from children’s culture-- as a tool to question what may be our expected perceptions of things. In my process, I often enjoy collaborating with other artists (another element I take from theatre), and find that ideas sometimes flow better within the structure of shared creation.
As for my preoccupation with Wonder Woman as a central character --- I guess that she speaks to my interest in representing the American Every Woman. So many of us want to be that female super power who can be and do everything, but the truth of the matter is it's not always an easy or comfortable identity to inhabit.
For the past few years I have developed an interest in radial symmetry through mandalas, and I look forward to exploring new relationships and stories on canvas in the coming year.... Stay tuned...