I moved to New York City in the early 80’s with the outlandish idea of being a fashion photographer (outlandish because I began with no connections in a notoriously competitive world). Obsessed with the wildly theatrical possibilities in fashion, 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, a medium that more purely expresses my ideas.

Each painting is part of an imagined whole, similar to a frame from a film. The images are narrative and allegorical. They feature heroines and animal-heroes who balance feelings of mystery or foreboding with a sense of celebration. The women and girls have a task, an important mission. Sometimes they are activists. The narrative also suggests a sense of fun -a good foil for conflict.

The animals 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. The beasts help the people survive and fulfill their quest. They have their own agenda as well, undefined but potent. There is mystery about the relationships in the paintings, as in our world. I bestow upon my characters the goodness they want, deserve or need. The images are about the hardest part of the trip; the intersection between potential and conflict.

I studied art and literature at CUNY and UC Berkeley. Born in Northern California, I spent my childhood playing for hours in the woods, making stuff in clay alongside my ceramicist mom, and creating imaginary characters. 12 years ago I moved with my family to Bend, Oregon, a town of 80,000 in the Cascades Mountains.

Oregon Arts Commission Grant, 2020
Hangar, Lisbon, Portugal October 2020 upcoming
Vermont Studio Center, May 2021 upcoming
Brush Creek Artist Residency, WY 2018
Kala Institute of the Arts, Berkeley, CA 2018
Playa Summer Lake, OR 2018
Djerassi Artists Program, Woodside, CA 2017
Ford Family Foundation Grant 2017
Ringholtz Award 2016

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 Q&A The Bulletin (censored work), April 2019
Censorship, The Source Weekly April 2019
Exhibit review: The Bulletin April 2019

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

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Select Exhibitions:

Solo: Sunday, Transmission Gallery, Oakland, CA, upcoming April/May 2021

2019         Solo: 25% Americans Approved, Franklin Crossing Atrium, Bend, OR

2020         A Generous Kingdom 4, Verum Ultimum Gallery, Portland, OR

2019         Drawing, Site:Brooklyn Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (curated by the director of The Drawing Center)

2019         Emerging, Arc Gallery, Chicago, IL

2019         Artists’ Annual Show, Kala Gallery, Berkeley, CA

2018         Déjà Vu, Bend Art Center, Bend, OR

2018         Chasing Ghosts III, Verum Ultimum Gallery, Portland, OR

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

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

2018         Solo, 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, Virginia Inn, Seattle, WA

2010       Beyond The Demos, PNCA, Portland, OR

2010       Where Are We Going, TBDloft, Bend, OR

2010       SoloThe Figure, Franklin Crossing, Bend, OR

2009       Solo, 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, 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, Hudson Grill Gallery, New York, NY

1995       Mars Bar Gallery, New York, New York