artist statement

Inspiration

To be honest, my attention span is short and I am pulled in a dozen different directions a week, constantly mentally testing out whether I want to spend the requisite hours needed to make a print based on one idea or another. Maybe it is because I have only a few hours a week to make art or maybe it is because I am essentially undisciplined, but whatever the cause, I rarely have the patience to make an obviously coherent series of prints. But really, there are some themes that I keep coming back to over and over; time, layers, loss, endurance, what we show others, what we keep from others, what we show ourselves, what we keep from ourselves. Sometimes these themes show up in recognizable, if simply rendered, objects and formats, and sometimes they are represented obliquely.  It just depends.

Technique

Despite all this thematic flitting (flailing?), or maybe because of it, I am really a pretty rule governed person who needs anchors.  My first anchor is a precisely penciled grid that covers the entire field. Every piece starts this way. The other anchor is that the marks that get placed on the paper have to be put there via a potato. I use the smooth face of cut russet potatoes to place acrylic paint on paper, typically after making an impression from textured fabric or a dried leaf or flower so that the ghost image of that thing is transferred to the paper. Lines that don’t conform to the grid, like curves or diagonals, are made with paper stencils to mask edges. Most of the time I cut a simple geometric shape to specific measurements from a potato and use it (or its cousins once it has degraded too much to use) to make several hundred passes. I typically layer the stamped rectangles and squares to create a sense of depth and to play with the ways colors behave when over or under one another.

Art Resume

Group Exhibitions
2016 Phinney Community Center Arts Program, Seattle, WA (2 person show; juried)
2015 Bellevue Corporate Offices curated by Doris Mosler, Bellevue, WA
Maker’s Mark ~ Painters Under Pressure Salon Show, Virginia Inn, Seattle, WA
2013 Time ~ Ida Culver House, Seattle, WA (juried)
Painters Under Pressure Salon Show ~ Phinney Community Center, Seattle, WA
Northwest Fine Arts Competition ~ Phinney Community Center, Seattle, WA (juried)
2011 Avanti Art Gallery, Greenwood Art Walk, Seattle, WA
2008 Local Color, Seattle, WA
2007 Salons at the Saloon ~ Collins Pub/Seattle Print Arts, Seattle, WA
Local Color, Seattle, WA
2006 BallardWorks, ~ BallardWorks ARTwalk, Seattle, WA
2005 Painters Under Pressure ~ John Page Gallery, Seattle, WA
Solo Exhibitions
2014 give us this day ~ Plymouth Church, Seattle, WA
2014 On and About Time ~ Brotman Galleria (juried), University of Washington, Seattle, WA
2009 Time Again ~ University Unitarian Church (juried), Seattle, WA
2006 Another Time ~ Barking Dog, Seattle, WA
2003 Some Time ~ Cloud City Coffee, Seattle, WA
Education
1985 Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA ~ B.A. Psychology & Women’s Studies
1999 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM ~ PhD Clinical Psychology
2005 Present  Monthly art critique with Painters Under Pressure Salon, Seattle, WA