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I love the challenge of creating work that brings together the disparate and often discarded things of this world, be they images or objects, and creating a new and cohesive whole; giving them new life and meaning.
My work is an essential and intensely personal part of my life. It explores and expresses the inner workings of my heart, mind & spirit in a way that words cannot express. It is my hope that when people see my work, it will somehow resonate with them on some level, be it intellectual, emotional or spiritual.
I am a self-taught artist who lives and creates in Pasadena, CA. In 2004, I found myself in desperate need of an artistic outlet. I began creating two-dimensional thematic montages using imagery from various magazines and clip art sources. With further exploration and a new-found confidence, I began to pursue a different direction, creating, original, three dimensional collages. In 2007 I began exploring the creative world of mixed media and assemblage and fell in love with the unlimited potential of expression in both of these media.
I now find great joy working in collage, mixed-media and assemblage. In 2008 I began reading up on the history of collage and assemblage, and found inspiration in the work of artists such as Salvador Dali, Joseph Cornell and Kurt Schwitters. Watching Terry Gilliam's animation on Monty Python's Flying Circus throughout my youth has also had a unique influence on some of my work.
In 2012 I had the great pleasure of seeing the exhibit "Wonderland - The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States". This exhibit profoundly affected me and I found kindred spirits Louise Nevelson, Frida Kahlo and Remedios Varo and the work they have created.
Received “Special Recognition” for "Fragmented" and "Life's Masquerade" from Upstream People Gallery’s “9th Annual Faces Online Art Exhibit”.
Received Awards of Merit at the “53rd Bold Expressions International Art Exhibit” in Carmichael, California for “Will You Still Need Me” and "Through the Looking Grass”
Solo exhibit at Vroman’s Bookstore as part of their "Art on the Stairwell” exhibits
One of 6 artists who participated in the collage and assemblage exhibit "Circa Sometime" at the Gallery at the End of the World.
Two pieces ("Process" and "Three") were chosen to be a part of The Central California Art Association & Mistlin Gallery's 57th Annual Spring Art Show.
"Pieces of Me", a solo exhibit of over 20 pieces of artwork at The Altadena Library.
Exhibited at The Spring Arts Tower during the L.A. Artwalk.
Accepted into the Pasadena Society of Artists (2012)
"Solitude" juried into the Pasadena Society of Artists 87th Annual Exhibit - 2012.
Juried into the 7th Annual Pasadena ARTwalk - 2012
"Uniting Dissipations" - Solo Exhibit - February 2013
"Refuse to Destroy" - Group Show - Cella Gallery, March 2013