About the Artist
I fell in love with abstraction at the age of six when my teacher had us do scribble drawings and fill in the spaces with color crayons. By the age of eight I had moved on to hard-edged grid based designs. I earned my BFA from Washington State University with an emphasis on printing and painting, having spent my final year in at the Nihon University Fine Arts Campus in Tokyo. It was there that I developed an interest in space and line. Privately I worked with a professional textile dyer practicing the traditional textile-dyeing art of ‘katazome’, using paper stencils and bean-paste resists. From her I learned about color, line and patterning. I started cutting my own stencils, a practice that show up in my works to this day.
I continued to pursue printmaking studies in London and in Pennsylvania, where I started experimenting with clay monoprinting. This method of printing from a bed of colored clay allows me to incorporate both stencil and painting techniques.
I enjoy taking a small format and using space and depth to make it feel as though it encompasses an entire world. I call these ‘abstract landscapes’. Negative space is very important to me. I strive for depth, space and movement, but there is rarely a ‘background’. I use a wide variety of printmaking methods as each allows me to play with color and space in a different way.