Although I am predominantly a conceptual artist engaging in alternative projects, costume, installation, performance & subverted street art, I also use my art to capture the spirit of the world around me, to celebrate my environment, and to find & convey beauty.
I discovered the vibrancy of marker on photo paper during a 2020 Covid art Zoom with Franceska McCullough in which we could work with whatever media we chose and I grabbed what was handy. I was instantly hooked and adapted the media to my plein air style, drawing from life observation and imagination.
I began plein air painting in 2008 during the annual Augusta, MO plein air event. My painting style is influenced more by my background & interest in decorative & fiber arts, especially Art Nouveau, than by formal training. I prefer to work non-traditionally to convey the energy & spirit of being in the captive moment rather than depict an exact likeness or romanticized feeling of place.
I have always photographed things that catch my eye, especially the more mundane or overlooked those things might be. I am particularly drawn to details of nature & sky and the view looking up. I began printing more of my photography on alternative materials in 2014. When printing on such materials, I perceive of each piece as an original one-of-a-kind fine artwork.
I create hand-beaded jewelry as a means of meditation and to convey my same interests in landscape, nature & pattern in another media outside of painting and photography. Much of my beadwork has a strong ebb & flow coming to a central focal point and can relate to feminine & masculine.