Born in 1979, color and texture surrounded me in the grasses of the Midwestern plains and Eastern mountains as a child. I was born into a life or death family, my older sister had severe health issues and was not expected to live. She did however, with many operations and medical assistance on a regular basis. My awareness to the presence of living and dying was heightened through my family experience and continues to be processed through my work.
I began painting murals in my homes as a young teenager, then I painted and designed sets for theatre begning in 1995. I was enthralled with the ability to create a view into an entire world. Mid degree, at the University of Kansas, I was drawn to exploring my own themes in Fine Arts. Instantly I found drawing and painting the human figure, landscapes, fruits and plant life provided much needed contemplative time to explore my connection to organic life. I studied abroad in Stoke-on-Trent, England in 2001 and began my studio practice. It was there, that I learned I had a deep desire to create work that observes the visceral, to allow acceptance of it. While visiting many large art museums in Europe I was inspired by the religious art to find a language that could talk about spirituality with inclusion to the human experience beyond specific religions.
I brought my studio work to Seattle in 2002 where my husband became a Naturopathic Doctor and we home birthed four children. Birthing is a huge gift of how to surrender to pain, how to let the pain be a messenger for learning. I found that if I just trusted the process and relaxed in the midst of pain I could still enjoy myself even in the midst of difficulty. Our second daughter passed suddenly and unexpectedly at eight weeks old, she has been a teacher to me of the very death I grew up fearing. Assisting my subsequent children through their encounters of great social and personal pain has given me the chance to practice another layer of hearing pain's message. I listen and response to it as part of appriciation for all of the various experiences life provides. As I move through our good life I find my work teaches me how to view the difficult and bring it to ease.