My art is inspired by our relationship with nature. I find that tapping into a visceral experience in the wild actually brings us back to ourselves. By stripping away our societal context, we are free to feel who we really are, which is actually a part of the natural world. I find there is infinite wisdom, healing and inspiration to be found in connecting with our natural environment, and my art is an invitation to remember that potential.
My most recent paintings are a meditation on peace and contentment; a window into a weightless world where only the moment of beauty and grace exists. Inherently feminine, the images evoke the unconscious desire to connect with the Goddess archetype; she who leads us through healing and transformation. As water metaphorically represents the emotions, so these paintings help navigate the mind towards wholeness with gentle fluidity.
Sometimes life is hard. My life landed me on a tropical island after fleeing a violent situation, alone and overwhelmed by trauma. The ocean became my place of solace. Beneath the waves was the only place the pain could not find me. Floating buoyantly, being cradled by the lull of the water, soothed my soul. As I began to paint again, it was the water that beckoned me. Painting images of how I felt in the water helped me to continue to heal. My art is now infused with the spirit of healing, and that is what I wish to share with the world.
My technique is unique. To create the the surface reflection, I pour the medium on to the canvas, allowing the fluidity of the paint to work it’s own magic. Then I use my oil painting background for the figurative aspects, blending the two parts into one story. Bringing together the realistic and the abstract creates a dreamlike quality, suggestive of the subconscious layers of the mind.
1997 Bachelor of Art, Western Washington University
2005 Studied oil painting under Lorna Libert
2012 Art Cafe Hemingway, Kapaa, HI
2013 Iti Wine Bar, Hanalei, HI
2013 Laulea Gallery, Princeville, HI
2014-present Amy-Lauren Gallery, Hanapepe, HI
2014 Hunters and Gatherers, Kilauea, HI
2014-2016 Halelea Galleries, Hanalei and Poipu, HI
2015-2016 Eclectic Galleries, Wailea, HI
2016-present Blu Umi, Hanapepe, HI
2017-present Magnolia, Honolulu, Hi
2017-present Kai Ku Hale, Haleiwa, HI
2018-present Kelly Keane Gallery