I find myself to
be a contrarian at times, so as a painter, the description of a “contemporary
traditionalist” is fitting. It reflects my effort to use imagery that is
clearly current while honoring the tradition of painting. My narratives
are told with characters and scenes that are ordinary in our modern world. My
paintings are material records of the places and people who have been
significant to me in my personal experience. I discover and re-tell themes that
make up our human experience.
this material record is only paint on a surface. I don’t want you to lose sight
that the painting is an object by itself. I continually experiment with the
paint and surface and texture, so that it has a life separate from the subject
it describes. The image is not photorealistic, but rather sumptuously
painted by any means necessary, whether it is impasto paint with palette knives
or thin glazes of color.
I can share this
imagery honestly, because it is the one I know.
I grew up in the
small town of Redlands in Southern California. It holds a University that
was surrounded by a sea of orange groves with a purple mountain range as its
backdrop. It was the quintessential small town filled with odd
characters, opposing points of view, and erratic transitions from old habits
and traditions to a modern SoCal suburb. My own upbringing was equally
eccentric and mainstream. My adult years took me from UC Santa Barbara
for a Bachelors degree and then down to San Diego State for graduate school.
I have lived along the coast of California ever since. My husband and I
migrated back to Santa Barbara to raise our children and have remained here for
the last 25+ years. True to my beginning, this home town is on the
northern edge of Southern California and also holds a University surrounded by
citrus and avocado groves with a purple mountain range as its backdrop. I work
daily in a large barn that faces north toward the Santa Ynez Mountains in a
cozy neighborhood surrounded by horses.