Artist Statement

I am on a lifelong journey of self discovery and self healing.  Left in the dark, my hurts and wounds from the past form into masks, armor, and fears. I believe we are all in need of healing: a journey of forgiveness, acceptance, faith, and love. My art conveys the truth that as we experience the redemption and restoration of our brokenness, we can express that light into a hurting world.

I create using acrylic paints and mediums, as well as other media such as charcoal, pigment sticks, and collage.  Multiple layers are applied with palette knives, and both visual and tactile texture give each piece added interest and depth. Although most of the layers will never be seen, each layer directs the next and influences the whole. Scraping into the paint and excavating parts of the previous layers brings the past into the present with beauty and kinship.

Like the revealing of under layers, my past must be brought out of the dark and into the light. I am on a circular path to wholeness: loving the imperfections and finding beauty in the imperfect. My art manifests truths of the heart: the desire to be whole, to be courageous, to love ourselves and others, and to have a living hope that leads to unstoppable joy.