Artist Statement:

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.” – Georgia O’Keeffe

 

I create abstract pantings primarily in Acrylic (often with metallic highlights) on large gallery wrapped canvases. I also create paintings with graphite and Japanese watercolors.

 

I am inspired by the vivid colors and textures I see in the Santa Barbara California landscapes. I am continually drawn to the ocean, sky, trees, and mountains. 

 

I grew up in a family of artists. When I was a child, I watched my dad (a culinary French chef and restaurant owner) go blind due to a genetic eye disease called Choroideremia. I learned the hard way that vision is a privilege and a gift not to take for granted. That led me to a life time of deep appreciation of every single moment of sight and visual inspiration.

 

Some of the textures found in my paintings have been built over the last twenty years by slowly layering over my older paintings that were originally in different styles, which resulted in a meditative practice of self discovery. Layers of memories, experiences, and passion. 

 

When I paint I listen to music and it flows through me. I grew up dancing (classical ballet, contemporary, and hip hop). I hear and feel the beat of the music circulate through me when I paint. 

 

My husband and two young boys are the loves of my life. They influence the passion and fire behind my art and all that I do.

 

“The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live.”- Auguste Rodin