Exploring new work and ideas (2015-now) on Instagram:
Three hour life drawing, soft pastel
I am a mostly self-taught* artist with a studio on Capitol Hill in Seattle, WA. My medium is oil paints; my style tends toward realism. Painting and drawing people comes very naturally to me, and I am still amazed by how exciting the work feels as I am making it, even though I’ve been at it for many years.
In the Fall of 2012 I made the commitment to take a leap (quit my job) and focus my efforts entirely on oil painting. Previously, my working background includes building exhibits in zoos and aquariums, where I welded, sculpted and painted naturalistic formations. I was a tattoo artist for many years as well.
The images on my website are mostly commissions I’ve painted for private collectors and businesses in 2012-2014. Certain aspects of painting these commissioned works have really compelled me. They’ve led me to make some of my own work that explores, for instance, light: abstracting and glaring, artificial or natural, which, in turn, is acting to expand my ideas and beliefs about the appearance of the real. This is an exciting time for me — and my work.
Thanks for taking a look,
* About 10 years ago I had a painting apprenticeship with Francesca Sundsten. She taught me a tremendous amount over 9 months.