12"x16" Mixed Media (Shells, Glass, and Stones, on Wood) This piece is not for sale
This piece is about my connection to land, place, and family, as my sense of home. I was born in Nevada County and spent much of my childhood at the Yuba River. I learned the hobby of rock collecting from my father, who is from Seattle, WA. Much of my childhood was spent on Puget Sound, because my grandparents had a beach house on Bainbridge Island. I feel powerfully connected to both locations. The shells and glass were collected by my father on the Puget Sound Beach, the Yuba river stones were collected by myself. This piece embodies, in both image and materials, my sense of home in relation to place, and bodies of water. I have great memories of many hours spent staring at the sand, collecting stones, and walking the different beaches of my heritage. It is also a portrait of myself as a small child with my mother, and my father. This mosaic represents the patterns of my life in relationship to place and family.
My motivation to create stems from a desire to share certain experiences and inspirations in my life. I have a deep love of fantasy and my pieces are intended to relate a story. I am a firm believer in the power of narrative and in sharing story through mixed-media works to impart stories that our culture needs to grow. I have a Bachelor of Arts with a focus in Social Justice from The California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). As an avid traveler, I have studied art all around the world. In the past, I designed logos, created Ferrari Illustration on a commission basis, live painted at a number of festivals, and taught a High School Mural Class at the Ananda Living Wisdom School. For the past three years, I have been the art coordinator and organizer for a project called the “Visibility Through Art Initiative” which is a collaboration between local artists of Nevada County and the Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan Tribe. My style combines the techniques of photorealism with the imagination and the whimsical elements of fantasy surrealism. My primary purpose is to inspire inquiry, beauty, social and environmental justice, and awareness through my art.