I did my undergraduate at Sonoma State University, attaining my BFA in printmaking under the direction of Kurt Kemp, Mark Perlman and Jane Fisher. After taking some time to build my practice, I was accepted into the Printmaking Department of The Royal College of Art in London, England where I received my MFA under Jo Stockham and Mark Hampson. It was while I was in England that I began to become much more engaged with my work in an academic environment; it began to take off in a direction that was an ally to my own self – where I could utilize my skills as printmaker/painter in tandem with how I obsereved the world.
Materially, I’m a bit of a magpie – collecting things that I like. The craft of my work engages the history of American craft, using it to celebrate the construction and complexity of the female. I gather the images and objects that I am attracted to and create an environment that my work is created out of. Then, I make intuitive conclusions that I later deconstruct. I was trained in the traditional techniques of Printmaking and Painting --- which has evolved into making small sculptural pieces using butterflies, moths and found imagery while maintaining my fundamental skills in the traditional mediums. Being a Printmaker is important to me. It allows me use my strengths of being methodical and detailed oriented to create structure. I’ve learned it’s not just a medium of how to make work, but a process that allows you to develop your practice outside the lines.