Artist Statement

The paradox of the term “still life” inspires me. There’s a fundamental tension between the still and the life, isn’t there?

That’s what I try to capture when I paint. To me, objects are never completely motionless, or emotionless for that matter.

They tremble.  They vibrate. And those vibrations are produced not only by the construction of the object, but by the external forces exerted on it — the angle of the light, for instance, and the perspective of the viewer. I push myself to be as abstract as possible in the details while still achieving the perception of reality. To do this, I’m meticulous in placing the object and getting exactly the right light. Then, when I begin to paint, I never blend. Instead, I place thousands of precise strokes side-by-side, swaths of color that are then translated by the observer. Two inches of canvas viewed from a few inches away might have a hundred strokes that seem to form nothing, but when the piece is considered as a whole, hopefully the effect is highly representational. What’s a good painting to me?  It’s hard to know, but I’ll tell you this: when the object comes alive, and the environment, the viewer and I all participate to make that happen – that’s success to me.

 

EDUCATION

2014 Paul Davis workshop, Teasdale, UT
2009 Paul Davis workshop, Teasdale, UT
2007 Workshop, Helper, UT
1998 BFA, University of Utah
1997 Art Education European Study Abroad
1997 & 1998 Fall Equinox Workshops, Helper, UT
1997 & 1998 Summer Solstice Workshops, Helper, UT

 

EXHIBIT HISTORY

2014 March – Group show, J.Willott Gallery, Palm Desert, CA
2013 May – 89th Annual Spring Salon, Springville Museum of Art, UT
2013 April – The Big Show, Silas Marder Gallery, Bridgehampton NY
2013 March – Utah Women Artists Exhibition, Salt Lake City, UT
2013 February – Statewide Competition & Exhibition, Bountiful, UT
2012 November – Zion’s Bank Artist Reception, Salt Lake City, UT
2012 September – “Off the Map” group show, Art Access Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT
2012 May – 88th Annual Spring Salon, Springville Museum of Art, UT
2012 February – Statewide Competition & Exhibition, Bountiful, UT
2012 January – One-person show, J.Willott Gallery, Palm Desert, CA
2011 October – Statewide Exhibit, Rio Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT
2011 August – Kimball Arts Festival, Park City, UT
2011 June – Not Just Another Pretty Face, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, UT
2011 May – 87th Annual Spring Salon, Springville Museum of Art, UT
2011 March – Invited Artist, Art&Soup, Salt Lake City, UT
2011 February – Statewide Competition & Exhibition, Bountiful, UT
2010 October – One-person show, Art Access Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT
2010 August – 40 & Under show, Elliot Fouts Gallery, Sacramento, CA
2010 August – Kimball Arts Festival, Park City, UT
2010 May – Two-person show, Williams Fine Art, Salt Lake City, UT
2010 March – Featured Artist, Art&Soup, Salt Lake City, UT
2010 January – Two-person show, J. Willott Gallery, Palm Desert, CA
2009 December – Collective show, Showings Fine Art, Denver, CO
2009 September – 35×35 Artists of Utah Exhibition, Finch Lane Gallery, UT
2009 August – Kimball Arts Festival, Park City, UT
2009 July – Celebrate Women Artists: An Invitational, Showings Fine Art, Denver, CO
2009 June – Returning Award Winner, Utah Arts Festival, Salt Lake City, UT
2009 May – 85th Annual Spring Salon, Springville Museum of Art, UT
2008 August – Kimball Art Center, One-person show, Garage Gallery, Park City, UT
2008 August – Returning Award Winner, Kimball Arts Festival, Park City, UT
2008 June – Utah Arts Festival, Salt Lake City, UT
2008 April – Kayo Gallery, One-person show, Salt Lake City, UT
2008 March – Invited Artist, Art&Soup, Salt Lake City, UT
2008 February – Statewide Competition & Exhibition, Bountiful, UT
2007 December – Rio Grande Restaurant, One-person show, Salt Lake City, UT
2007 October – Bountiful Davis Arts Center, 3 -person show, Bountiful, UT
2007 August – Kimball Arts Festival, Park City, UT
2007 June – Returning Award Winner, Utah Arts Festival, Salt Lake City, UT
2007 June – Kimball Arts Center, One-person show, Badami Gallery, Park City, UT
2007 May – 83rd Annual Spring Salon, Springville Museum of Art, UT
2006 November – Salt Lake City Arts Council Finch Lane Gallery, UT
2006 August – Kimball Arts Festival, Park City, UT
2006 June – Utah Arts Festival, Salt Lake City, UT