ABOUT ME

Fine art has provided me with the creative outlet I require in order to properly function since childhood.  I am inspired by a feeling or visual cue almost every day, and creating art is the most natural response to that inspiration.   With degrees in both photography and graphic design, I struggled to find my artistic “voice” and medium until discovering encaustic (wax) painting and collage in 2005. Texture, depth, and color (or lack of) are very important aspects of my work, and my paintings and prints are typically created from a combination of encaustic paint and medium, found papers and fabric, cold wax, watercolour, and acrylic.   A huge fan of abstraction and “happy accidents”, I love the meditative and sensory experience of working with wax.   It allows me to incorporate the “messy, yet graphic” feeling that I have always been attracted to in art that I like into the art that I make. Plus, it smells good.

Why "Curly Tails Studio,"  you might ask?  Well, I have not made a piece of art within my home studio without the company of at least one pug dog since 2006.  Matter of fact, there is one sitting on my foot as a write this.  Seems right to give them some credit.  

 

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2011   The Strip, Kaleid Gallery, San Jose, CA

1996   Progression, SJSU Gallery, San Jose, CA

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017    9th Annual 50|50 Show, Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA

2017    Renegade Fiber, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novato, CA

2016    3rd Annual Abstract Catalyst Exhibition, Verum Ultimum Gallery, Portland, OR

2016   Making Your Mark, International Encaustic Artists/Encaustic Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM

2016   11th Annual Encaustic Invitational:  Length x Width x Depth, Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson, AZ

2016    Beyond the Surface, Surface Design Association/San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, San Jose, CA

2015    Another Way of Keeping a Diary, International Encaustic Artists/San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, San Luis Obispo, CA

2015    Transformations, Pajaro Valley Arts Council, Watsonville, CA

2015    Tenth Anniversary Show, Encaustic Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM

2014    Grand Opening Exhibition, Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA

2009   Contemporary Collage:  Paper’s Many Forms, Emily Amy Gallery, Atlanta, GA

2009    Inaugural Exhibit, Art Raw Gallery, New York, NY

2008    Paste Up, Ayer Lofts Gallery, Lowell, MA

2008    Treasures, Creative Catalyst (online)

2008    Veni Vedi Veci, Club Six Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2007    Suite Jesus, 111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2007    Wish You Were Here, Art Dialogue Gallery, Buffalo, NY

2007    Still Life, Creative Catalyst (online)

2006   Wish You Were Here, Art Dialogue Gallery, Buffalo, NY

 

SELECTED COMMISSIONS & COLLECTIONS

2016     Permanent Collection, Museum of Encaustic Art, Santa Fe, NM

2012     NextSpace, San Jose, CA

2009    International Museum of Collage, Assemblage, and Construction, Fort Worth, TX

2009    Permanent collection, Longview Fine Arts Museum, Longview, TX

 

AWARDS

"Echeveria," Second Place, 2016 Beyond the Surface Juried Exhibition, Surface Design Association/San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, San Jose, CA |  Deborah Corsini, Juror

 

PUBLICATIONS

"Loved to Death" (2009 self-publication, available here)

The Bark Magazine, May 2009

 

EDUCATION

BS Photography & Graphic Design, San Jose State University

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

International Encaustic Artists

Encaustic Art Institute

Surface Design Association

Pacific Art League

National Collage Society

Pajaro Valley Arts Council

 

REPRESENTATION

Simone Beckett Gallery, Los Gatos, CA

Kaleid Gallery, San Jose, CA