About My Work
My work focuses on the human story. Since I was a child, I have been interested in themes of human migration, adaptation and cultural preservation. I earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley studying ancient history and art history, and continue to explore characters who bring an interesting back story, or use my imagination to bring their historical past to light.
My mixed media work begins with research into late 19th and mid-20th century black and white photographs. I typically paint from those photographs using charcoal, oil, and encaustic, or alter them digitally before painting onto them with the same materials. This results in a body of work that is intricate and highly layered due to the multitude of steps and mediums I use. The process and mixture of mediums speak to the complexity of human nature and ontology as well as the many layers of the human story. I use symbolism in my work to tell stories or illustrate how connected we are to the lives of others. I value the ability to bring characters to the canvas, particularly in the digital age. The diversity of themes explored in my work fulfills my desire to be closer to humanity and have a deeper understanding of history and human survival. Simultaneously, this empowers me to survey topics that illuminate my ability to see irony and wit that is ubiquitous throughout our shared mortal experience.