Any child whose bedroom walls were painted lime green and wrote poems about moonlight dancing on the ocean has a decent shot at being an artist. I currently serve as Chief Exploration Officer in my home studio in St. Augustine, Florida.
I choose bright colors, texture, contrast, layers, and happy accidents to create artwork that begs you to look closer.
I create collages with mixed media: acrylic paint and oil pastels, inspired words, fragments, hand lettering, and mono printing with a gel plate.
I re-purpose old books, dictionaries, and sheet music as fodder for artwork that gives new life to discarded materials.
I listen to an eclectic soundtrack in the studio….from Blondie to Angelique Kidjo, Bill Withers to Dustbowl Revival, blues to reggae, and throw in some Anonymous 4 for the quiet times.
Words to live by: “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
I had sand between my native Florida toes from birth to 1974 on the dunes of Jacksonville Beach, followed by a stint in the fragrant orange groves of Central Florida. After graduating high school with 113 other small-towners, I set off for the big old world and managed to get all the way to South Carolina for college where I majored in psychology. Post-college, after extended rambles in Wales and Cornwall, I settled in Orlando, Florida where I have been active in the arts community for over 30 years.
I have spent my professional life in higher education, museum programming, and for the last 10 years as an art gallery manager.
After a sabbatical in 2017, I am committed to enriching my art practice, strengthening my skills, and tapping into the universal reservoir of creativity.
“If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I , an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.” - Emile Zola