1 Artist : 3 Collections

Whether my work was an abstract floral or incorporated the figure, there had always been an energy about the work that I couldn’t quite put into words.

I knew in my heart I was always telling a particular version of the female story.  As I put together these collections, the words pilled out around the images and it felt like it all came together.

It’s a tale that was carefree, fleshy, sensual and a bit badass. It’s old and new at the same time. Some days the story was lovely and poised and other days it was vibrant and reckless. 

What I saw clearly as I put these collection together was, that there is always a theme of “becoming” that insisted on showing up in each piece.  The females I know were never out of bloom.

It’s a joy to introduce you to these collections.

Intimate Gestures

Back to the simple aspects of mark making in this collection, made with a watercolor brush and mixed media.  As delicate as these pieces want to be, every once in a while one wants to be more assertive than the rest and demands to show up in a riot of color. Soft, intimate and aware, these pieces balance fragility and confidence. 

Lusty Romance

Mystery, romance and the sensual aspects of nature are brought to this collection. There is something about the mystery and grace of heady, fragrant blossoms that remind me of a woman’s innate secrets, well-kept and only revealed when ready.

Memories were gathered from deep, shady spots under trees with hidden branches during my childhood in Hawaii, as well as my experiences in Europe's Gothic cathedrals.  These stained glass colors come from mysteries and shade, and the stories of grace and growth. 

 

Pop Goes the Figure

 

Bright, vibrant, bold. Are these cropped female figure paintings elusive or self-assured? The answer lies somewhere in between the intimate and public view of women on social media. 

The way we are invited into a female’s personal space with these close up cropped views of the body in the last few years of social media identity is intriguing to me. We now gaze at the figure with cut limbs and no identity so often it has become an accepted to see the female shape. Even in their flattened form, these figures come alive for me in the studio, and we all make fast friends.