I am a scattered thinker – squirrel! – and there is only really one place where I am consistently in tune with the present moment and nothing else. That is in my studio. At my easel. Painting. My paintings reflect how I see life – somewhat chaotic, but full of vibrancy and joy. Each painting is launched with wild, unencumbered mark making and exuberant colors. Kind of like a toddler with a 64-pack of crayons. The next several layers are intuitively applied in a dance of adding and subtracting energy and calm with paints, sanding and marks. Each layer builds a history of color and shapes that often peak out from layers buried below. These “little jewels” remind me that it is often things in our past that help to guide us forward and create interest. It is the whole of our journey that really matters. Not just what appears on the surface. It is always my intention to sprinkle seeds of joy and help foster optimism.
Examples of My Work
Don’t Judge Me
I have never eaten a Big Mac but have had Rocky Mountain Oysters and fried termites.
At 25, I sold everything I owned and backpacked around the world for a year taking in as many museums, architectural highlights and as much beer as I could.
In high school I was elected Wyoming Girls’ State Governor. I was so nervous when I met the real Wyoming Governor in his office, my first questions was, “Oh my gosh! Do you vacuum every day?” Obviously, my days as a politician were numbered.
What Was I Thinking?
I helped lead backpack and horse pack trips through Wyoming and Idaho with no experience and a deep fear of (and allergy to) horses.
I thought people were born as artists, kind of like being born a pelican or kangaroo.
How do you come up with titles for your pieces?
I ponder what I would be thinking, feeling or saying if I was in the painting. Most of the time I incorporate whimsy and alliteration, like “Time for a Title Little Tempest.”
If you could choose a superpower, what would it be and why?
I wish my superpower was not comparing myself to others. Actually, I wish it was everyone’s superpower. I believe it’s important to celebrate our uniqueness and know we are where and who we are supposed to be!
Who would you want to be stranded with on a deserted island?