Drawing on both personal and universal symbolism, I embrace the childlike and innocent in my paintings. Vintage glass glitters, natural crystals, and diamond glass create sparkle and iridescence to signify the miracle of life in the natural world.
My technique was inspired by a trip to Jerusalem and seeing the stunning cloisonne and enameled art throughout the ancient churches and temples. When I returned to the Bay Area, I studied enamel processes and set out to find a way to re-create the jeweled effects of fired enamel without a kiln. It has been a 19-year process experimenting with glass and crystal-infused polymers and gold leaf.
Whether dealing with subjects like war…dwindling bee populations, or rising sea levels in an era of unpredictable climate change, I strive through my art to offer a shimmering celebration of community, hope, and endurance of the human spirit.
I live in Santa Cruz with the best veggie comfort food cook in the world, two cats and a pet hen.
In addition to my studio practice as an artist, I'm a published writer.
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