I am a printmaker and painter living in northern California. Natural history and the environment are strong influences in my process. My current project involves the concept of “creature” and the ways it relates to, interacts with and informs the concept of “wildness.” The work investigates wild things and the ways they express wildness, and the concept of wildness transcended. For instance, when carving a coyote, I abstract her fur so that it transcends itself to become some other expression of wildness: rocks and pebbles and streams, butterflies and bird wings, blooming poppies and meadow grasses. I enjoy experimenting with other descriptions and interpretations of wildness: a bear’s roar emerges as a swarm of insects, the sound and emotion transcended; an elk’s antlers become home to blooming irises, with tree frogs and insects perching on the prongs. I am curious about this concept of wildness transcended. My work is often fantastical in nature, and printed as large as press and paper will allow.
My practice primarily involves woodblock relief, linocut relief, and reductive monotype printmaking. I also enjoy working with watercolors and acrylics. Much of my work is inspired by my travels through Europe and the sub-arctic. I find myself particularly inspired by the flora and fauna of northern California. I graduated from Scripps College in 2012 with a B.A. in Environmental Writing, and I have been based largely in northern California since.
My work has been exhibited in Arc Gallery and SOMArts Gallery in San Francisco, the Isabelle Percy West Gallery at the California College of the Arts in Oakland, and Gallery Route One in Point Reyes. I have been published by Grist Magazine, the Inverness Almanac, the West Marin Review, and Graphic Impressions. I have been an artist in residence at the Kala Art Institute in Berkeley California and at Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts in Wyoming. I am an active member of the California Society of Printmakers and Southern Graphics Council International.