My mixed media pieces help transform your home into a retreat from the everyday world with a glimpse into the mystical and mythological connections that play in the hidden parts of our lives.
For as long as I can remember, I have always been a creative person; expressing myself through drawing, writing, and other artistic endeavors. After having my daughter, it became more and more important for me to focus on my art, to be true to the person I am, to show her that it is important to follow your own path, to live creatively and truly, to not let go of the things you love and that make you YOU.
As a result of growing up with exposure to multiple religions, I have become fascinated with finding commonalities across cultures. This has led to the three main themes dominate my work - the repetition of sacred geometry that runs through all living things, man’s relationship with nature, and childhood memories and experiences.
I have become a collector of these things. A collector of signs and symbols that merge and flow across cultures; a collector of wonder and peace found in the woods; a collector of the sounds of bees and birds and wind and water; a collector of memories and mythologies that make up the stories of people's lives.
As these work their way into my paintings, I hope to evoke the senses and spark some remnant of memory in the viewer - whether it is the quiet of their favorite hiking spot, the energy they feel upon waking, or a glimpse back through their childhood eyes.
I grew up in...
Northeast Ohio, just off Lake Erie (with 2 ft of snow every winter)
My favorite book is...
Too hard to choose - but probably one of Terry Pratchett's
The last show I binge watched was...
My favorite gift I ever received was...
One that was a total surprise but showed a great amount of thought and care behind it.
My favorite meal is...
Comfort foods from old family recipes
Even before graduating from Drexel University with a degree in Fashion Design, I knew that was not the career path I really wanted to pursue. My creative journey led me to ceramics. I took many classes at Chester Springs Studio as well as continuing my formal education with the ceramics program at Kutztown University. From 2001 to 2005 I ran Nepenthe Pottery while we lived mid-state and had an onsite studio. My work was heavily influenced by forms found in nature, and the connection to the pieces that one receives when cradling a vessel in your hands. Over time, my work began to take on intricate and detailed patterned carving which added to this experience. When we moved back to eastern PA, the space for a ceramics studio was lost, and my focus shifted back to writing, drawing, and painting.
Creating mixed media artwork allows me to continue to play with textures in my pieces, and to build up layers of meanings and ideas as part of my creative process. My love of words is expressed through incorporating old book pages in the collage layers, expressly chosen for the stories they are from or the words they contain, giving new life to these forgotten tomes.