The Leaves Series The
Leaves Series are hopeful, energetic, gestural abstractions of leaves and
branches which are inspired by the notion of moving through a cluttered space to one of clarity,
hope and lightness.
The build up of layers symbolizes the continual spiritual process of working inward to find peace and stability. My work utilizes the natural elements of trees, wind, water, and movement, as metaphor for the daily energetic shifts that occur within the human spirit.
The Horizon Series The Horizon series examines the balance of stability on the horizon and the
challenges faced in the foreground and the immediacy of those challenges.
The steady horizon line constitutes serenity and certainty in the distance and
the confidence that there is a definitive horizon, no matter the immediate
challenges. The foreground of the work shows the dynamic, energetic nature of the elements. These contrasts of definitive yet ambiguous
space in both the stirring nature of the water and the horizon line provides
the viewer with a balance of reflection and serenity.
Softening the Edges: Small Collage Works Collage series inspired by a mash up of landscape photographs from my experiences in Australia, Costa Rica, Lithuania, Wisconsin, and my home town of Chicago along with paintings on paper dissected and reconfigured. This mash up creates a whole new perception of landscape out of my personal experiences with a focus on soft, fluid, layered space, playful energy and a universal sense of calm. Some of these small works have served as the initial sketches for larger pieces. Sizes are approximately just under 9 in by 11 in.
Trees Series Series inspired by the landscape I experienced while running around dunes, trees, and an art colony in 2013 in Nida, Lithuania through the lens of now, and my current perspective in 2015 as well as by the landscape of New South Wales, Australia which I visited in 2012. I love to use trees as a metaphor for people and relationships. I find
beauty in the connective qualities of ecosystems and believe they parallel our
human, energetic ties and connections.
Riding the "El" Series Series inspired by rides home from the loop in Chicago, finding awe, calm, and opportunity.
The Quiet Series: Lake Michigan Series inspired by sitting lakeside on Lake Michigan and Lake Geneva.
Leftovers Series of small spatial works utilizing the excess marks from simultaneous, larger canvas works.
Orientation Series inspired by a new home and studio environment in Chicago, utilizing architecture as the format for energetic gesture.