I create art to inspire others in their work and waiting moments. I want to add beauty and interest to every conference room, lobby, workspace and waiting area as these spaces connect people to some very important moments in their lives. If we must work and wait in these public spaces, let us be surrounded by art that inspires us to dream bigger, hope more fiercely and ponder great possibilities, leaving with a bit of the energy and vitality that art can give.
I've never done one thing--it is the intersection of all my various interests--speaking, writing, academics, music, and art that I find the most fulfillment. And each endeavor informs and inspires the next. I find the cadence in a painting and the music in my writing and I am so humbled when beauty and meaning emerges.
I get asked about my inspiration all the time. Being a true introvert, my ideas come mostly from within. But I follow artists and would be lying if I said they didn't influence me. It was Picasso, afterall who said that Art is Theft! Of course we take bits and pieces of others artists ideas and make them our own, but I can truly say that most of my greatest ideas have come from my internal processes. Some of my favorite artists include Sheila Hicks, Mondrian, Paul Klee, Kandinsky, Frank Stella, Joris Kuipers, and Richard Tuttle to name a few.
I have a few signature techniques including outlining shapes within abstract pieces in India Ink, painting on old billboard vinyl then cutting it up and weaving it, and a few mixed media techniques I haven't ever see anywhere else. I love experimenting with materials and asking, "I wonder what would happen if I..." Using found objects and non-art materials is the best!
In 2018 my art was used on the set of Season 7 of Orange is the New Black (photos below). It was great fun watching that last season to see where my art would show up on the screen!
I've had my art in numerous galleries and in many shows but I still prefer to sell my art face to face so that I can come to understand why someone connects with a piece.
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