Before painting, I was a photographer in New York City and London for 18 years, hired by Andy Warhol, and working on assignment for Vogue, British Elle, Interview, The London Sunday Times Magazine, Bomb, and others. I wanted to capture the female figure and attitude in the form of a narrative, usually fantastical and sometimes absurdist – a theme that I continued to explore when I began painting and printmaking.So the Darkness Shall Be The Light And The Stillness The Dancing, 48 x 36 inches, oil on canvas

I see each artwork as part of a whole, similar to a frame from a film. The images are figurative, narrative and allegorical. It is a visual story created through intuition. I paint heroines and animal-heroes who balance feelings of marvel and mystery with a sense of conflict and uncertainty. The uncertainty can be internal, or caused by outer violence in the symbolic forms of snipers, goblins, or monsters. And, lately, not so symbolic, but literal. I have been painting women and girls facing conflict elegantly for about 13 years. The women and girls are often on the move, even floating, strong and beautiful. There is a wondrous effort in their energy. The models are often my teenage daughters, and the inspiration comes from them, my mother, my grandmothers, and my great grandmothers.

The animals in the images are similar to animal familiars; part of a person’s spirit in animal form. This kind of creature is one’s protector, and one protects it in turn. Humans are another form of animal, so this close relationship is natural. Powerful spirits, the animals help the people survive and fulfill their quest. The animals have their own agenda, as well, undefined but potent.

The artwork is a combination of fantasy, surrealism and history – images in which time and space become fluid and strange. I bestow upon my characters the goodness they want, deserve or need. I will them to not only survive, but to complete their journey. The images are about the hardest part of the trip; the intersection between potential and conflict.

I moved to New York City in the early 80’s with the outlandish idea of becoming a fashion photographer (outlandish because I had no connections to a notoriously competitive world) because I was enamored of the intensely theatrical possibilities, which now translate more purely for me to painting. I studied art and literature at Montclair State University and University of California at Berkeley. Born in Northern California, I spent my childhood hanging out and making art alongside my mom in her ceramic studio, playing for hours in the woods in our canyon, and concentrating on imaginary characters I invented. Ten years ago, I moved to Bend, Oregon, where I live with my husband and two teenage daughters. (painting above: The Poet Is a Thief of Fire, 30″ x 40″, oil on canvas)

ARTIST RESIDENCIES AND GRANTS:
Djerassi Artists Program, Woodside, CA 2017
Playa Summer Lake, OR 2018
Kala Institute of the Arts, Berkeley, CA 2018
Brush Creek Artist Residency, WY 2018
Ford Family Foundation Grant 2017
Ringholtz Award 2016

PRESS REVIEWS AND INTERVIEWS:
Interview Bend Magazine 2018
Cascades Arts and Entertainment Interview 2018

Review: Cosmo Ceramics, The Source, December 2017
Cascades Arts and Entertainment: Interview 2016
Political Art, group show 2017 Review
Coffee + Art + Friends: blog by Ms. Teafly 2016
Beatrix and Hestia Book by Paula Bullwinkel (narrative photography)

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Exhibitions:

2018         Prince Street Gallery 10th Annual Nat’l Juried Exhibition, Chelsea, NYC

2018        Whitney Modern, Rise: Empower, Change and Action! Los Gatos, CA

2018        Solo Exhibition, The Poet Is A Thief of Fire, Franklin Crossing, Bend, OR, April

2017         Art Department Faculty Show, paintings and glazed ceramics, COCC, Bend, OR, December

2017        Portland Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery, Fall Show, Portland, OR, November

2017        Eclipse, Bend Art Center, OR, August

2017        Portland Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery, Spring Show, Portland, OR, May

2017        HeArt of The Matter (political group art show), Franklin Crossing, Bend, February

2017        Bend Art Center / A6, “Printing The Gamut,” Bend OR

2016       Portland Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery, Fall Show, Portland, OR

2016       Ube Art, Berkeley, CA

2015       Portland Art Museum RSG, Spring show, Portland OR

2015       Solo Exhibition, Play It As It Lays, Atelier 6000, Bend, OR

2014       Solo exhibition, Hastings Cone Gallery, Vashon Island, WA

2014       Franklin Crossing, Figurative Painting, Bend, OR

2012       Beyond the Demos, Jordan Schnitzer Museum, Eugene

2011       Solo exhibition, Virginia Inn, Seattle, WA

2010       Beyond The Demos, PNCA, Portland, OR

2010       Where Are We Going, TBDloft, Bend, OR

2010       Solo exhibitionThe Figure, Franklin Crossing, Bend, OR

2009       Solo exhibition, All the Fun, The Pines, Hood River, OR

2009       Double Exposure, A6 /Atelier 6000, Bend, Oregon

2009       Memento Mori, Poethouse, Bend, OR

2009        Navigator News, Sisters, OR

2008       Illustration, Atelier 6000, Bend, Oregon

2008       Tumalo Art Gallery, Bend, OR

2006       Solo exhibition, Gallery 3.5, Montclair State Univ., NJ

2005       Gallery 3.5, Montclair State University, New Jersey

2005       Women’s Resilience/Que Pasa Aqui, Montclair State, NJ

1997       Solo exhibition, Hudson Grill Gallery, New York, NY

1995       Mars Bar Gallery, New York, New York