My first foray into the world of art as an adult was through art therapy exercises that I was introduced to in the 1990s. The amount of energy that came forth from my unconscious onto the poster board surprised and enlivened me and I knew that I wanted to work with this newfound creative energy and that learning how to surrender to this energy would allow me to live my life in a more authentic way. My goal as an artist is to surrender to the process of creation because this allows my to know myself more deeply.
I began to make what I call off-loom weavings while studying fiber arts at Pima College with Claire Campbell Park. Technically these pieces are macramé and are made entirely of knots. I love the process of making these pieces because it allows me to slow down. Some of my pieces are inspired by images I see in nature, or photos of nature, and some come purely from my intuition.
Collage is another medium that I love to work with. Most of my paper collages involve working with one or two images and allowing the image to come to life in a different and satisfying way. Though I am not Catholic, I seem to be drawn to Catholic imagery. The papers I use are hand-painted tissue papers and other collage papers.
In 2009 I took a workshop with Karen English and began making collages from fabric. These collages are completely free-form and are made by sewing lots of colorful fabric pieces together with interesting curves.
I find the creative process to rejuvenating and life-affirming. My work allows me to know myself in a different and more intimate way and what comes forth in my art often informs me of a larger process in my life.