My obsession with light and space began early. I grew up in a Southern Oregon river valley and near the ocean on California’s central and southern coasts, in a series of work-in-progress homes, each designed and built by my stepfather, an architect and watercolorist. My childhood was filled with projects involving pencils and paper, fabrics, and various building materials.
As a Studio Art major in college, I continued to make things, focusing on drawing, painting, and black and white photography. I studied figure drawing and printmaking with Nathan Oliveira, with whom I shared a fascination with the human form. It was Nathan who first introduced me to monotypes.
My indirect route back to printmaking included two cross-country moves and, ironically, a pastel class. During my investigation into pastels, I learned about Wendy Orville’s monotype workshops. These ongoing, group sessions have been invaluable to my development as an artist, giving me a supportive environment in which to learn and create.
Today, I have a studio as well as a press of my own, living once again near the water, this time on an island in Puget Sound.