Art has always been a big part of my life. As a kid I was a prolific maker and as a teen I was a budding painter and art historian. I obsessively studied Impression and Post-Impressionism, often copying Vincent van Gogh paintings in oil pastels.
As a young painter I created imaginative and inventive worlds of flat color and liquid shapes. It's no surprise that I went to art school, but when it came time to enroll I declared Art History as my major instead of painting. I felt as though I had nothing of value to say and the weight of all those artists who came before me was more than I could bear.
15 years went by and I built a career - first in non-profits, then in marketing agencies. But one day, while on a business trip, I made a lunchtime visit to SFMOMA and as I approached a cheeky Roy Lichtenstein painting, I heard my inner voice sigh with regret, "I wish I was a painter."
When I got home, I set out to become one. I took a class online from The Museum of Modern Art in NYC and studied the work of Postwar Abstract Expressionist like Mark Rothko, Ad Reinhardt, Agnes Martin, and Jackson Pollock. And, I began a real, earnest exploration of the kind of artist I wanted to be.
I made a tremendously successful work titled, Baby's on Fire. It was an autobiographical piece about the feeling of being in the eye of the storm. It filled me with inspiration and motivation. I kept making more work in the same style for about 2 years. But, eventually, I hit a wall. I had created limitations based on that painting that were killing my creative voice.
So, I went back to my first love, oil pastels. I began working with an amazing abstract art mentor and creating a new body of work that has unleashed my love of color. I'm continuing to develop my voice in full, vivid color in both oil paint and pastels. I hope as you explore my work that you find something deeply resonant. And, if you do, reach out! I would love to hear about it.