UC Davis, 2002, BA Painting
UC Davis, 2002, BS Design
Soaring, Circling, Swirling
The acrobatic dance of a soaring, circling, and swirling bird has always left me captivated. The power of a dive to the soft flutter of a feather illustrates the amazing diversity of movement that these creatures possess. The range of textures and colors of their surface of feathers often enhance the bird dance.
While pursuing an MFA at Art Center College of Design, my interest and passion for birds and bird flight began to reflect my interests and pursuits in paint and paintings. These qualities of birds made their way into my paintings. The suspension of the wood panels out from the wall gives a sense of weightlessness, like a soaring bird. The repetition of color that weave through the painting creates a movement of a spiraling, circling, and swirling flight path of a bird, it’s feathers, and wind.
The color and texture of a bird and it’s feathers relate to the variety of marks in my paintings; from the soft spread of color that brings out an airy quality, to the forceful, scratchy marks that become the marks of the bird’s beak and claws. The layering of colors, marks, and grain of the wood create a fluctuation between these layers, making the surface difficult to locate. I am interested in the idea that, a painting is a bird, and a bird is a painting.