My artistic expression has, since the beginning, involved the relationship between human perception and sense of place. I am inspired by our inner navigation – the patterns, methods, and sequencing we bring to our experience, even when compromised by storm events, dropped signals, navigational lapses, and missed connections. Even when chaos presents, there is always an underlying grid, a place into which we all drop a pin, each day of our lives, to stake out a map, a direction, a sense of belonging. We gravitate towards that last known location, a point on the horizon, our nearest friend.
From the genesis of the early artworks in painting and printmaking, my practice has grown to incorporate sound, sculpture, and immersive environments. The paintings and prints are multi-layered, committing real places, imaginary landscapes, and perspectival lines as one seamless whole. The patterning of light and tides, wind vectors, cairns, and landmarks all figure significantly in the two-dimensional works, relating to the “there-ness” of everything.
Sound is an intensely engaging, yet often overlooked, component of landscape and space. Over time I awakened to this spatial force, and have integrated audio components with the visual art, creating immersive environments that work in concert with the outside world.
Originally from Marblehead, Massachusetts,I received my BA from The Evergreen State College, BFA from the Univ. of Washington, and MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art (2001). I have completed artworks on location in Covas Do Rio Portugal, the Mamori Region of Amazonia, Civita Di Bagnoregio, Italy, and in South India as a Fulbright Scholar. VMG Studio is located at TwispWorks in the beautiful Methow Valley of Washington State.