Statement

Exploring the subtle and not-so-subtle differences of form and shape, color and hue, my work is largely abstract with occasional hints of the “real.” My paintings, drawings, and prints play with the rhythm of patterns and nuance of color in landscapes both wild and urban. As a formally trained ballet dancer, I am drawn to the balance and chaos that is at the core of movement. This translates into my desire to look at the world, in all its complexity, and to break it down to its unique essence – time and space collapsed into two dimensions. Acrylic, Caran d'Ache crayons, graphite, collage, watercolor, wax, pen and ink, wood, paper and canvas are just some of my tools.

Biography

I began drawing and painting at a very young age, incorporating art into my daily life. Born in San Francisco, I grew up in the Bay Area (where I still live) in a bi-cultural household. As a result I frequently travelled to India and throughout Asia. Consequently my art transcends borders, incorporating colors and images from both sides of the world. Growing up I was able to transition seamlessly from one culture to another. My artwork does the same – being at once expansive and personal.

 

Creating paintings is the thread that has woven its way through my life. After a brief career as a ballet dancer at Chicago City Ballet and Chicago Lyric Opera I received a B.A. in History and pursued a Master of Arts in American Studies (diaspora and cultural memory). I moved into the environmental field where I stayed for over sixteen years before pursuing a Master of Education. I’m currently an elementary school teacher. I am also a Commission Representative on the City of Berkeley's Civic Arts Commission. During all this time I continued to develop my practice and to paint.