I was born in 1964 in Kalispell Montana. I've spent most of my adult life raising my 4 children and living near Glacier National Park. I began an art education in the late 90's as my needs for self expression began to emerge. I was inspired by the figure and modern dance and found them both to be a natural fit. My interests included Expressive Arts and movement therapies but my time in school was limited. I am therefor, primarily self taught in the style of work I prefer to make. In the past 20 years I have participated in group shows and several solo exhibits in Whitefish and Bozeman Montana.
I find encouragement in the community of artists who are committed to making work that is authentic and inventive. Unflinching.
I paint what I need to see and so I go looking.
I find my best work is through improvisation. A resourcefulness that limits overthinking. My studio is quite small which keeps me focused on the immediate. This however doesn't deter me from making large paintings. In fact, I prefer working with larger surfaces. I enjoy the elements of structure and chaos and find the need to fluctuate between the two. The kinetics involved are dynamic and a satisfying part of my process. My art is about movement. Moving energy and notions. Creating space for effort and problem solving fixed beliefs. A kind of primary developement of confidence and an activation of personal assertions. My goal is to reveal the essence of the painting, subject the viewer to those assertions and offer new possibilities.
Ecce Gallery, Bozeman Montana
Walkingman Gallery, Whitefish Montana
Stark Gallery, Whitefish Montana
2008- "Circles" Walkingman Gallery, Whitefish MT.
2011- "Bones" (Colaborative with Artist Kerry Nagel) Stillwater Gallery, Whitefish MT.
2015-"Inspired Delineation" Walkingman Gallery, Whitefish MT.
2015-" New Work" Stark Gallery, Whitefish MT.
2016- "Sister Paintings" Stark Gallery, Whitefish MT.
2016- Juried Auction Missoula Art Museum, Missoula MT.
2017- "First It's Mine, Then It's Yours" Walkingman Gallery, Whitefish MT.
2017-"I Am A Place On This Earth" Ecce Gallery, Bozeman MT.
1998- 2000 Flathead Valley Community College- Fine Arts Degree
2001/ 2003-2004 University Of Missoula - Fine Arts Degree/Major in Psychology/Minor in Dance
Ecce Gallery, Bozeman 2017