I often work on paper, because the simultaneous fragility and strength in a piece of paper reflects aspects of my own life. I listen for the voice of the drawing. I allow the materials, the subject, the mark-making dictate the process rather than a preconceived notion of a final product.
Standing in a mirror, I observe the flaws in my body. My body displays its own history, and the violence it endured. I am constantly attempting to observe within myself the difference between body as human and body as object.
Using my body as a means to connect to someone else's story.
Artist Bio / CV
I was born and raised in Texas. I received my BFA from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas where I received a superior award in fine arts and also served as a teaching assistant as an undergraduate. While in college I studied drawing abroad at University College, Oxford, England. I also studied summers at the Fort Burguin Research Center in Taos, New Mexico.
I had the honor to mentor and teach in the Recognition for Artists Program (RAP) from 1996 to 2000. I worked with individuals that live with a psychiatric illness, and we used art as a means to balance life and foster a life in art for those wanting to pursue an artistic career. Not only did we teach and create but we showed and sold artwork throughout the Dallas Metropolitan area.
In 2001 I moved to Idaho and found the community here laid back. My work has been exhibited and honored throughout the United States including Texas, New Mexico, Idaho, Washington, and Alaska. It is also collected both internationally and domestically.
From 2008-2010 I was the Artist in Resident at Grace Episcopal Church. And currently I am a Resident Artist at the JJ Hasbrouck Gallery in Idaho. I continue to work toward my goals in advocacy and art.