I create representational paintings that are not fully literal. I am influenced by themes of water, the figure, the still life, Maine, intimacy, humor, and rest. My work isn't conceptual beyond the intangible connection it forms between itself and the viewer.
I find the greatest pleasure in the other, the areas of life that are overlooked or driven past. Each painting has an identity of its own that reaches beyond the reference, while translating the relationship between what I see and what I feel.
In 2009 I started teaching private painting lessons in my studio as a way to support myself and my painting habit. I wasn't prepared for how much I would love the experience of teaching, or how rewarding it would be to share in another artist's creative journey. My core strengths revolve around translating the language of painting into accessible pieces. I'm particularly well suited to working with nontraditional learners or new artists who value things like flexibility, repetition, creative nurturing and lots of encouragement.
BA Painting Portland State University, Portland, OR, 2007
Undergraduate Study SUNY College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, NY, 1998-2000
International Study in Art and Art History, Mexico 2000 and Spain 2006
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