I grew up in the most landlocked state, Nebraska, and migrated to Hawai`i, the only state entirely surrounded by water. My artistic journey followed a similar path exploring the land-creating forces of Hawai`i’s volcanoes to interpreting areas of the vast and powerful Pacific Ocean. Both experiences helped me understand how nature shapes our perspective.
In 2018, I was displaced by a volcanic eruption. The experience of feeling the earth violently shift and force magma through the surface of the earth transformed my perspective on life and my art practice.
My current bodies of work are about the near-shore ocean environments, such as point breaks, coral reefs, and geological features. I use color, texture, and line to suggest movement, change, and energy. For me, the turbulence of water reflects life’s ups and downs, and the fragility of natural systems speak to the age of the anthropocene.
The paint flows naturally with gravity’s force, as I shift the canvas between horizontal and vertical orientations, encouraging puddles, splashes and bleeding of thinned acrylic pigments. I chose a more direct approach when using palette knives, spray bottles, and repurposed tools to create movement and textures that represent change and energy. Often, the exposed edges of my substrate surface reinforce fragmented memories held within the paint both above and below the surface.