Art has always been my refuge - a sacred, secret place where I could step out of conceptual mind and explore the world of feelings and alternative realities. Growing up in DC, and later as a student in Paris and London, museums felt to me like places of worship, or sources of nourishment.
I earned a masters degree in contemplative psychology from Naropa University and worked as a psychotherapist and yoga teacher for many years.
I’ve spent much of my adult life as an expat, teaching contemplative practice and creative process. I’ve lived and worked all over Asia for the past 15 years sharing these tools with others and learning from local artists. Spending so much time in a foreign culture reinforces universal themes of what it means to be human, and also presents a unique view into our differences.
In my work, I contemplate these universal themes— death, spirituality, nature, and the mystery of human emotion. My hope is to show how art helps us connect with something larger than ourselves and encourages us to realize that we are not alone. Whereas concepts are finite and static, art is infinite and fluid and invites a dialogue with a larger understanding of the world. Both artist and viewer/experiencer are transformed in the interaction. Relationship is born.
Though I have been painting my whole life, when I was recently introduced to encaustics, my world changed overnight. The nature of the medium allows for a thrilling array of possibilities.
Colorado has been my home base since 1991 and I’ve been based in Crestone since 2008. I’m grateful to be a part of this community.