I love the accessibility of collage. This is why I teach, no preconceived notions, no “I can’t draw/I can’t paint” excuses. The materials lead the process. My vintage materials lead to narratives and my abstract work focuses on color, composition, and movement. With a background in live theatre, I love the ephemeral aspect of vintage collage materials. Two main influences from the theatre world continue to guide my work in collage. First, there is the ephemeral aspect of a theatre experience. Each performance is different and will never be duplicated exactly ever again. Second is the collaborative nature of the theatre, where artists with a range of skill-sets come together to enhance and strengthen each other’s work. The audience is collaborator, too, often heightening the experience and informing the transient nature of the art. Analog collage is one-of-a-kind. And collage is an art form that easily allows for collaboration.
A theatre artist and administrator for over 25 years, influences from the theatre guide my work in collage. I value the ephemeral aspect of a theatre experience. Each performance is different and will never be duplicated exactly. Also, there is the collaborative nature of theatre, where artists with a range of skills come together to enhance each other’s work. Analog collage can be quite similar.
I currently live and work from my studio in Rockport, Texas, a quaint coastal community, with a history as an artist colony. Active arts organizations in Rockport, Port Aransas, and Corpus Christi provide venues for my teaching and exhibitions. Self-taught and a livelong learner, I began exploring mixed media collage in 2014 when I packed up all of my belongings in a vintage RV and began life on the road. My first recognition as a visual artist came in 2018, with acceptance into a nationwide juried show where I received 3rd place in Mixed Media. I was selected as a Merit Artist in 2018 at Rockport Center for the Arts, with an exhibition in 2019. In 2019, I organized a community collage event in conjunction with World Collage Day, received my first solo show, and was profiled in Kolaj Magazine’s World Collage Day Special Edition. I was honored with a purchase award from the Doug & Laurie Kanyer Art Collection, along with awards for mixed media collage from Art Center of Corpus Christi, Port Aransas Art Center, Art League of South Texas, and Art Association of Corpus Christi. Additionally, I was awarded a grant from the Fine Line Group for The New Normal – Rockport initiative in 2020.