I have always worked directly from observation, and love translating what I am looking at immediately onto paper or canvas or wax.
Self-portraiture has always interested me, and I seek a balance between revealing and hiding. My image is often obscured by objects or masks or combined with animals and other perspectives.
For many years I have been intrigued by the way women artists choose to depict themselves. Like many other artists, my view dramatically differs from a historical approach to the female model. I choose to include elements not traditionally viewed as beautiful—for example, a deformed toe, hairy legs, unkempt hair. However I have no interest in shocking the viewer, but seek to share my honest, uncensored observations. I have always been allergic to pretense and slickness.
Besides art, my other passion in life is animals. They frequently appear in my work. I have observed and painted donkeys in Mexico, elephants in Thailand, tigers in a Colorado sanctuary, my ever-willing pets, and sometimes I include dead animals or skulls.
Currently my work has become more abstract, even while I am still grounded in direct observation. I have begun fragmenting shapes, separating them in different ways, sometimes by manipulating space and sometimes using tactile methods, like string. I may combine multiple perspectives or move the shapes into unusual combinations.
My aim is to create fantastical narratives, usually suggesting feelings of loss, anxiety and loneliness. I leaven these themes with humor.