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.
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. 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. I hope the viewer will wonder about the relationships between the figures and animals, and she or he may recall vague childhood stories.
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 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, and concentrating on imaginary characters I invented. Ten years ago, I moved to the small town of Bend, Oregon, where I live with my husband and two teenage daughters.
Artist residencies and Grants: Djerassi 2017, Playa 2018, Kala Institute 2018, Ford Family Foundation Grant 2017, Ringholtz Award 2016.
Press Reviews and Interviews:
Review: Cosmo Ceramics, The Source, December 2017
uBe Art: Interview 2016
Cascades Arts and Entertainment: Interview 2016
Political Art, group show 2017 Review
Coffee + Art + Friends: Paula Bullwinkel, blog by Ms. Teafly 2016
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 exhibition, The 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