I am an experimental filmmaker that turned to painting in 2015 after my mother passed away due to a terminal illness. As I finished my graduate degree from the University of Minnesota in 2013, I began a path of creating intimate video poems that focused on my experience with grief. Though the work was tremendously important to process living through loss, making these films involved remembering the past; it was something I needed but was often a difficult place for me to go. By adding painting to my approach, I’ve been able to create work that isn’t necessarily related to my mother’s death and our life together, but more about where I am currently, now that my mother is physically gone. Abstract painting has balanced my creative practice and has been very therapeutic for me because of its intuitive nature. It helps me stay in the present and experiment with thoughts as they take shape; all of which creates for me a fluid mindset centered on growth and learning. Now, I can't stop painting, and I don't want to. Each painting of mine, no matter the size, explores moments in movement and stillness through its fluid and fused layers and expressive colorful elements. I am intrigued by change and am interested in what happens in between by working off of watercolor's engaging quality. I like to flirt with depth and light because I am drawn to complexity and teasing the eye. Exploring emotion and color is a significant part of my work, too.
A large part of my work incorporates the color blue, which is a color I am drawn to the most. I am attracted to the color’s soothing and calming qualities. I also find that the color possesses a strong energy that is both restorative and moving.
Ingot, Watercolor on Paper, 22x30, 2017, SOLD
Lines, Watercolor on Aquabord, 8x10, SOLD
Energy, Watercolor on Paper, 22x30, SOLD
Resting, Watercolor on Paper, 5x7, SOLD
In Between, Watercolor on Paper, 22x30, SOLD
Nightfall 1, Watercolor and Acrylic on Paper, 16x20, SOLD
Nightfall 2, Watercolor and Acrylic on Paper, 16x20, SOLD
Nightfall 3, Watercolor and Acrylic on Paper, 16x20, SOLD
Nightfall 4, Watercolor and Acrylic on Paper, 16x20, SOLD
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