I love all things paper, especially books. Collage came naturally to me through my obsession with collecting and saving postcards, greeting cards, trading cards, and more of this and that. Besides I cannot draw or paint realistically–and I have LOTS of books, paper and ephemera.
My reverence for books and all things paper has deepened as technology seems to be making paper and associated ephemera obsolete. Currently, I am primarily using papers that are over 50 years with the majority being over 100 years old. At times, I feel like a custodian or librarian of valuable papers and entrusted to either bring them back to life or keep them safe. A unique quality of my art work is that I very rarely use photocopies or digital resources since I prefer to use original paper materials. I am truly a cut and paste analog collage artist.
Typically, I work intuitively allowing the materials to show me what wants to be expressed–usually, be so surprised, it is something that wants to be expressed from within myself. Recently, I have been more conceptual and have completed almost 80 collages in a series called “WTF”. For fun, I challenged myself to create a small collage weekly (since January 2018) with images that seemingly do not relate to each other; to create something not known to me logically or intuitively. This weekly collage-making practice has reminded me to be more mindful, curious, and not make assumptions. Is anything really as it appears?
I was born, raised, worked and lived in California’s Silicon Valley for most of my life. Art-making was nurtured by my family and a dream to be an artist was rooted in my soul from an early age. It wasn’t until I escaped my full-time corporate job to establish a life coaching practice with focus on the creative process in 2001 that I began to realize that dream. After I built an art studio in 2006, along with offering many creative expression workshops, an on-going open studio emerged for clients and I started to call myself “an artist”.
Although my teachings and coaching was focused on understanding and managing your own personal creative process, I had in earnest started honing my skills in creating mixed media collages. Self-taught with the influence of numerous workshops and continuing education classes, I felt blessed to be able to finally spend more time in my studio than any other place. I began to sell my art and participate in local open studio tours and exhibits.
In 2015, my husband, also an artist, and I moved to a remote area on the northern California coast. I now show my art work in a local gallery and exhibits, and participate in the North Coast Artist Guild and at Gualala Arts Center. In 2017, I co-founded a bi-monthly collage group open to anyone in the community. My husband and I had our first “solo” show together in 2019.