Currently, I am an instructor at The Art Verve Academy and Tohono O’odham Community College. I am teaching a range of Art History courses and studio courses in drawing, color, and design. My studio practice focuses on painting in a variety of media including encaustic, oil, acrylic with collage and watercolor. I received a B.A. in Fine arts from Madison Wisconsin focusing on sculpture and a Master’s degree in Art History from the University of Arizona with an emphasis on Mexican Art History.
Art is one way to understand the relationship between humans and the earth. Our intrinsic and complicated connections to the wider community of animals and to the landscape are the center of my artwork. The layering of symbols records my understanding of these connections. I am also interested in the persistence and interplay of visual symbols from various cultures and across time. The use of expressive line and color draws the attention to the importance of the physical and tactile nature of creating art. Symbolic use of colors, shapes and animal forms dominate my image construction. Using encaustics, oil and collage allows me to layer ideas through physically layering images. The physical presence of the art is an important part of the process and each of these materials allows me to leave traces of my physical interaction with the art.
Ultimately, I am interested in the art object and to inspire others to contemplate the importance of understanding our relationship to the earth in contemporary society.