I make intimate portraits of immense imaginary spaces.
My landscapes create a relationship to time and space outside of everyday experience. To me, every painting or drawing I make is a landscape — capturing and recording the internal or external context of experience. Because our memories of time and place are more than just visual pictures, I rarely use photographic references, preferring instead to allow my work to be intuitive and sense-memory based.
Born in Virginia and growing up along the mid-Atlantic, my family origins are in the rice fields of Cajun SW Louisiana. Now living in Portland, I use a variety of media to make both abstract and objective landscapes. Inspired by the vast flatness of the alluvial planes of Mississippi Delta, and by the enveloping intimacy of the Pacific Northwest forests, I work in watercolor, encaustic, cold wax, oils, acrylic, and printmaking.
With a BFA in textile design from the School of Fine Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University, I worked for twenty years in nonprofit publishing as a designer and art director. After earning my MA in curriculum design from the University of Mississippi, I taught English in critical-needs schools there for six years before moving to Portland where I have a private studio and an orange dog.
Sidestreet Arts (Member Artist, selection rotates monthly)
Heart of America Artists Association juried exhibition commemorating the 200th year of the Arkansas Territory, traveling to museums, galleries, and universities in Arkansas and Oklahoma during 2019 and 2020.
Karuna Contemplative Living solo show for meditation 2019
First Friday PDX different venues as part of Portland’s Eastside Art Walk
Big 500 annual group show and benefit in Portland
Little by Little annual group show and benefit in Milwaukie, Oregon
Wine:30 paired show 2018
The Portland Bottle Shop group showing 2018, 2019; solo show 2018
Visit my SW Portland studio by appointment