Though I focused on painting in school, my graphic design background propels me toward printmaking; translating my drawings into simple, bold images is a process I find challenging and satisfying, one that forces me to pare down the detail and color to the essentials. I still enjoy the spontaneity of painting and continue to work in acrylics, and I like putting a collage together once in awhile because the process is so opposite of printmaking, where every stage of development is carefully thought out and planned.
I live in the foothills and my backyard is a 5000 acre nature preserve. My house is right below a butte. You can hike to the top and sit on the edge with your legs dangling over and the hawks are at eye level. When my garden pond had a working waterfall we got visits from herons, owls, golden eagles and valley quail. How many people can look out their kitchen window and see an eagle perched on their deck, 20 feet away?
The natural world impresses me, and so it finds its way into my work. I have spent hours in the hills among the oaks and rocks, walking through rain, fog or sunshine, pondering the connectedness of all things past and present, natural and man-made. Lately I find myself focusing more on interaction between animals, relationships that are only discovered through careful observation. I have a strong connection to the outside world, but my interests in poetry and literature, music and cultures are also influential in my work.