My drawings spring from the inspiration of living and traveling in some of the most spirit-embodied places in the world. I focus on the iconic American Palouse and mysterious Old World Europe, intent on depicting the delicate environmental balance of nature and its relationship to agricultural production and human consumption. I am fascinated by natural form, rhythm, texture, light, and shadow. Every location offers a unique landscape formed by geology, the elements, and human endeavor. My preferred medium is charcoal; with it I’m able to explore the interplay of light and shadow, softness and edge. In my “Palouse” series I use it to mark the furrowed earth and sinuous lines of Eastern Washington farmland. In “Nocturne,” it lends a sense of film noir drama to scenes of Belgium’s cities at night.
I was born in 1964 in Hague, Holland and spent 15 years living abroad in Holland, Germany, Turkey, and most recently in Brussels, Belgium from 2007-2010. My expatriate assignments instilled in me an appreciation for art, inspirational travel, history, and cultural immersion that continues to influence my work today. I graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Science in Art Education from Skidmore College in 1985 and earned a Master of Arts in 1990 from SUNY Albany in Drawing. I’ve lived on both the East and West Coasts of the U.S. and exhibit my drawings in many solo, invitational, and juried exhibitions in the United States and Europe. I lived in WA state for ten years exploring and drawing the dramatic Palouse agricultural landscape. I currently live in the Washington, DC metro area and travel frequently to the Palouse to continue my drawing series on agriculture.
I’ve had my work selected for various forms of print and film media, ranging from me playing the part of “the artist” for a Carolina’s Healthcare System television commercial (and creating the drawings for the set) to appearing in a short artist feature film for the opening of my solo exhibition at the United States Embassy in Brussels. The design team for ABC’s Extreme Home Makeover show selected my drawing “Surf Rock” for their episode Extreme Home Makeover: North Idaho. My work has been on the cover of the national poetry journal Willow Springs (issues 67, 68 and 69) and in 2010 and 2012, I was commissioned by singer/songwriter and public radio host, Kevin Brown, to design two brand identity CD covers.
In 2014 I was one of 18 Western artists and 30 Egyptian artists invited to create a painted sculpture for the traveling international exhibition, “Amen: A Prayer for the World” produced by Caravan Arts. The sculptures were installed in The Cairo Opera House in Cairo, Egypt, The National Cathedral in Washington, DC and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in NYC.