At the crossroads of painting, documentary photography, cultural, personal, and family history and narrative, ancestry/genetics/DNA and popular culture, several bodies of work have explored how subjective, experiential, and cognitive processes confirm the visceral and often fragmented links of all life. Ancestor Worship continues to be an integral part of my practice.

My work has been exhibited nationally and internationally beginning in 1982, when color documentary photographs from my “Florida” series were included in Tacoma Art Museum’s Photography ’82 exhibition. Paintings, embroideries, and works on paper have been shown at museums and galleries across the United States including Thomas Solomon’s Garage, Los Angeles; POST, Los Angeles; the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE); Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, California; Annika Sundvik Gallery, New York; OTIS Gallery, Los Angeles; the Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, California; Grant Wahlquist Gallery, Portland, Maine and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art. A group of embroideries toured libraries of Italy as part of the First International Fiber Art Biennale. I participated in two painting residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada.

In addition to earning a BS from Western Washington University, I hold a BFA and MFA from California Institute of the Arts. Designing & teaching my own courses and serving as faculty at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena for over 7 years instilled in me a deep fondness for teaching college art and I’ve always considered my teaching duties to be an extension of my studio practice.

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