The presence of place has touched artists from cave painters to earthworks artists. I am no exception. I recently moved from the arid desert of Idaho to the lush humidity of Florida. The contours of the south Florida landscape now permeate my being in the same way that the mountains and desert of Idaho did. The word “desert” like the word “swamp” conjures images of inhospitable places. These places have great appeal to me as they offer a subtle beauty that is often overlooked. My art reflects this through a variety of media within the realm of handmade books and prints.
Extensive teaching experience in formal and informal settings
Ability to involve learners and to explain complex as well as basic concepts and processes
Commitment to teaching not only the mechanics of art but also the understanding of art.
Commitment to both private and public, spiritual and socio-political, purposes of art.
Courses taught at the college level:
Studio Courses including drawing (beginning & advanced), two dimensional design, printmaking, papermaking, Advanced Studies in Art (individual studio projects).
Art History: Renaissance to Realism and Native American Art
My ongoing interest in combining words and images has lead me to the purchase of an antique letterpress. This allows me combine text with marbled paper, monoprints, relief and intaglio prints.
For a long time my work has been exploring ideas of home and place. We come into this life with a longing for home. As babies our cord is cut and recollections of that space disolve into the physicality of our mother's arms. As our vision expands we grow to love the structures around us-dwellings of brick or mud or thatch. They offer physical and pscyological shelter.
My work reflects some of my many layers of response to issues around home. How do structures and creatures co-exist? What happens when we have no home physical or psychological home?
I hope that my work inspires discussion. Thanks for looking.