Beauty in art is what attracts us. Tension is what hooks and holds us. I find tension when I juxtapose smooth, polished elements with corroded, distressed ones, the rusting iron beside the gleaming silver leaf.
I create my work in series. For each show, I take a theme or an experience and explore its unfolding on canvas. I follow the patterns, color, and texture that beckon to me, obeying and sharing their call for an emotional response.
I have always been fascinated by the technical aspects of different art media. Each of my exhibitions probes work methods and materials, combining them on board and on canvas. Often, this process takes me places I could never have planned. An uncharted journey of technique lies behind the creation of each of my paintings.
I am a contemporary artist who has been painting and exhibiting her work for the past 20 years. After graduating from Holland Hall high school in Tulsa, I moved to New York where I earned a bachelor’s degree from Sarah Lawrence College while also studying at Parson’s School of Design. I have had solo shows at the Holliman Gallery and the MA Doran Gallery in Tulsa. Other exhibition venues include Gallery North in Stony Brook, NY; Open Space Gallery in Allentown, PA; DeVorzon Gallery in Los Angeles, CA; and galleries in Dallas and Santa Fe.
Having lived in many different cities and countries, I always look for things that reveal the history and character of a place. After moving back to Tulsa from Sydney, Australia, I had the good fortune to stumble upon a storefront loft in what is now known as the Brady arts district. It became my studio and home. In their quest for work spaces with affordable character, artists often become accidental pioneers in the discovery of areas whose potential for artistic and economic growth has previously been neglected.
Later, after living on the East Coast for several years, I returned to Tulsa and established a studio in what was an old-time brothel, Tulsa’s May Rooms, located in the Blue Dome district. www.bluedometulsa.com
Currently, I have a storefront studio in the reinvigorated Kendal-Whittier neighborhood. www.historickwms.com
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THE FAB LAB
A passion for aesthetic chemistry, the alchemy of mixing materials in paintings, led me to Tulsa’s Fab Lab, www.fablabtulsa.com. The Fab Lab offers artists the opportunity to use tools typically thought to be the arsenal of engineers, allowing the creative process to embrace a wider range of techniques. Serving on the board of directors, my goal has been to help bridge the gap between the organic traditional approaches of many artists and the technical disciplines associated with high-tech equipment. Fab Lab Tulsa is setting the bench mark for all Fab Labs’ STEM education outreach.
An interest in local history and art led me to the Philbrook Museum of Art’s docent program. It is an exciting time to be a docent at Philbrook, especially now that the museum has expanded to include a downtown branch that showcases contemporary and Native American art. www.phillbrook.org.
ART AND COMMUNITY
I am an advocate for arts education as it fosters creative thinking, problem-solving, and develops self-esteem. Through the generous invitation from Matt Moffet, the founding director of Tulsa Girls Art School, I was able to work with the advanced class creating a screen for their annual fundraising auction.
One side of the TGAS screen was inspired by Gustav Klimt and the other by Henri Matisse.
Here I am performing a piece I wrote while taking Jose Torres Tama's performance art workshop "Home and the American Dream Mythology".
This is a fun example of one of the many painted projects for a charitable organization's fundraiser. This particular one is called Take A Seat. I named my chair "Ver Klimpt".
Channel 6 and Fox 23 documenting me working with 8th grade Thoreau student Jessica on our painting for Operation Aware's art show and fundraiser. Operation Aware is an organization that goes into the schools to educate students about bullying and prevention education regarding high risk behaviors.
Haute Fun is from Tulsa's "Penguins on Parade." The project was a celebration of the zoo's 75th anniversary and a fundraiser for its new penguin exhibit. Haute Fun was commissioned by Saks Fifth Avenue. I had the honor of painting two in Tulsa and one in Oklahoma City.
Cloud murals for the Tulsa Boy's Home.
Mural for the Reynolds Foundation's NW Arkansas Emergency Children's Shelter.