I arrived from the east coast to Santa Fe, New Mexico in July of 1990, with a background in fine art, decorative art and fresco painting.
What drew me to the Southwest is what inevitably draws so many artists: light, earth, sky, wide-open spaces. Another world. A spirit of wildness, close and intimate. A different feeling of history, different ways of walking, seeing and living in the world.
Paintings on walls, rocks, nichos. Adobe mixed with straw, mica. Plastered hand walls by women’s hands on the exterior of homes and churches. The Buon Fresco painting influenced by Mexican painters of the 1920’s and 1930’s. The confluence of Native American patterns and imagery with that of the Catholic Church.
It was my good fortune to meet Bill Lumpkins, an artist and architect best known for his abstract watercolors and pioneering solar adobe architecture (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Lumpkins). Bill helped me bridge my experience of color and painting on walls from a European and world perspective to New Mexican influences. Bill, always sporting a black Stetson and a bandana around his neck, introduced me to one of my first clients in Santa Fe: my trompe l’oeil and glazing skills began to shift and expand influenced by sense of place.
My art shifts from interior surfaces to the canvas and back again, each informing the other.
I like making old materials current. I like the interchange of earth to dwelling through time and am exploring current expressions that relate to the integrity of past material, location, culture and authenticity. My color and design work emphasize preservation alongside remaining current with the times.
Three decades later, I am an artist rooted in painting and design. I am directly inspired by the natural landscape, color and light of the environs in which I stand as well as the cultural influences and life-ways present. Light, color, texture and form are at play in my work. . This website is a showcase of my New Mexico life over the years.