The images in my collages are original engraved illustrations from antique books. The books are my material as well as my inspiration. The meticulously cut-out parts become puzzle pieces in my selection process creating a chain of associations. Each collage is densely composed and like a novel, it takes time to read the intimate yet abstract narratives. The unexpected juxtapositions become embellished maps, poetic landscapes combining the elements of nature and man.
After seeing a Jess exhibition at the Berkeley Art Museum, I abandoned all other art forms for collage. The engraved illustrations are my material as well as my inspiration. I have shown at the Jack Fischer Gallery and Braunstein/Quay Gallery in San Francisco and have been in numerous exhibitions in the San Francisco Bay Area as well as the Oberpfalzer Kunsterhaus in Fronberg, Germany. Most recently I was a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome. A California native, I received my MFA from Lone Mountain College in San Francisco. I live and work in Pacific Grove, California