The intent of my artwork is to play with contrasting materials that evoke emotion – soap cast with: cigarette butts, vintage condoms, compost and broken glass, dried larvae. I love making this kind of art because it’s a release of the non-spoken, the taboo – and a bit of poking fun at it. I find the tactile element of poured soap with sharp edges frames stories that literally can be melted down, washed away. Some people find my work disturbing and others find it beautiful. In the pacific northwest, where I live (and most of the US), smoking is very taboo – and the cigarette butt pieces leave viewers visually exposed to their own judgement. Some folks refuse to even look at the dried larvae crawling in soap. But that’s what I find satisfying – my own play in these materials and the full-spectrum of responses to it.

CURRICULUM VITAE

1994 Columbus College of Art and Design, Painting and Drawing, Columbus OH

1998 Kent State University (BA), Literature and Poetry, Kent OH

2000 University of Akron/Studied Painting and Drawing with Laura Vinnedge

2001 Flux Metal Arts School, Mentor OH

2002 Cuyahoga Valley Art Center, Akron OH

2019 Gage Academy of Art/Studied Painting Abstraction with Eric Elliot

2022 Lesley University of Art+Design, Cambridge MA – MFA candidate

 

AWARDS                                                                                                                              

1994 Regional Art Student of the Year, Rotary Club, Canton OH

 

EMPLOYMENT

2007-2008 Art Club Elementary School Instructor, Bellingham WA

2013-2014 Guest Art Teacher, Lowell Elementary School, Bellingham WA

2014-2017 Chairperson, St. Joseph Hospital Art Committee

 

EXHIBITIONS

2000 University of Akron Fall Art Sale, Akron OH

2004 Community Collective Gallery Group Show, Akron OH

2004 Elements Gallery, Peninsula OH

2008 Oh! Brothers Gallery, Vancouver BC

2009 Frameworks Gallery Group Show, Bellingham WA

2009-2015 Gallery West – Representation, Bellingham WA

2015 Fall Juried Show, Lynden Art Center, Lynden WA

2015 Whatcom Art Museum, Art of the Senses Auction, Bellingham WA

2016 Confluence Gallery Group Show, Winthrop WA

2016 Lucia Douglas Gallery Group Show, Bellingham WA

2018 Whatcom Art Museum, Art Gala Auction, Bellingham WA

2017 Lucia Douglas Gallery Group Show, Bellingham WA

2017 Allied Arts, Point of Reference Group Show, Bellingham WA

2018 Lucia Douglas Gallery Group Show, Bellingham WA

PUBLICATIONS
2020 Presence Journal: December Issue Cover, image of “Just Like You”