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Boise, Idaho, United States

Artist's Bio

Art is my first language. I remember observing the colors in a sunset before learning how to read. This passion for color and observation led me to become an artist with a penchant for fresh air and intrigue in the mystery of nature.

Growing up in the sheltered Pennsylvania forest with daily images of moss underfoot and leaf filtered sky left space for plenty of dreaming and solitary time in nature. This deep connection to the aesthetic of the natural environment informs my artwork. Themes of lens, space and time occur in all of my media. Exploration in surface and layer is repeated in my work. At times my art is realistic and graphic in nature, and others it becomes very tactile and uses the medium to fully explore a texture. Each day I unfold new work in my home studio.

Art comes from an ephemeral experience. A fleeting moment can inspire a passionate fluidity in line and color. It can also be gained through knowing about your environment and the history that occurred over time in ones places of inspiration.

As an artist that wants to preserve the western landscape, I recall the forms of earth I visit, reviving them with clay and paint. At times I will mix basalt from local cliffs into my ceramics and reform the earth in my kiln. I am led to define my vibrant composition by the draining of snowmelt in the hills and the way it carves the land while journeying to the river. Dark recesses occurring naturally in rock and earth are my shades, while the colors at the close of each day, which are most saturated, define my palette.

Saturday, January 16, 2010


Happy 2010! I am looking forward to this year. My plans are to reel in production (is that possible?? I can't stop!!) and focus on national and international jurried exhibitions. My friend (and fabulous wedding photographer) Jason Ropp has helped me with my photography, which will make a big difference.

Also keeping me busy are painting and jewelry commissions for my favorite patrons!

More Exciting news is that a paintings of my beloved Palouse is on the cover of the Moscow Visitors Guide. My friend Tom Hamilton, another excellent photographer, helped me get the correct photo in for submission. This year is starting out hopeful for sure!

The Valentine for AIDS is coming up (Feb.5-15) at the Flying M coffeehouse, 500 W Idaho street in Boise. It is a silent art auction to benefit SNAP. I always donate a piece for my "valentine" and proceeds are a tax deductible donation for a good cause! In conjunction with that, the Visual Arts Collective (V.A.C) is hosting LOVE ROCKS music & art for the same benefit opening Feb. 5th 6-8pm free and ($5)music to follow. I am planning on taking a few different pieces there as well. Be sure to check them both out!!

Patrick and I had the chance to visit the Sonoran Desert and I was delighted by the stark and spiny landscape! So you may see some cacti and desert colors in my 2010 work.

The Loft Gallery in Hailey thrives and continues to support my work, (owner) Alissa has been selling my jewelry and pottery and would welcome you at her door.

The Artisan Gallery in downtown Eagle has been a loyal support and joy to be part of. Owner Karen Neiderhut, also an avid painter, has a great collection of local art. Her gallery has my paintings, pottery, and jewelry and also hosts other fine painters, sculptors, jewelers and artisans. Support Local and go check it out on your next venture to Eagle!! The Artisan will be hosting another "erotica" show for the month of February, there will be an abundance of tasteful nude paintings (mine included). Opening night is Feb. 5th, 6-9pm, please come and enjoy the show!!!

Finally, I have jewelry and Paintings on display and for sale at The Front climbing club, the new gym in Garden city where the sales have been great and the staff rocks!! Stop in for sure.

Thanks for your interest,