ABOUT ME

Sculptor . Artist 

Nature infuses the artist's work whether in sculptures or drawings. Sometimes she casts into the bronze actual branches and leaves. This makes them uniquely textured.

The artist cast the large floor sculptures and smaller tabletop sculptures traditionally using the lost wax hot cast method. She did this at SJSU while getting her MFA (Master of Fine Arts degree). Bronze casting is a labor-intensive and costly method but time-honored and for her it was a dream come true. The camaraderie of students and professors and the foundry facility were extraordinary.

 

The most recent bas reliefs/medallions she created by cold casting - which makes them more affordable. They are ready to hang or set on the tabletop using an available stand. They represent the wild and strong women in history: warrior queens and cultural figures that were the equals of men of their time. They are distressed in order to make the viewer feel like they have found - in surprise - an archeological treasure. 

The digital prints are created from the original charcoal drawings on textured watercolor paper from the best rated printer in Germany, Whitewall. The drawing comes from the daily sketchbook journal that chronicles images in the morning or at the golden hour. Subjects are light patterns captured through trees, paths through misty woods or strange botanicals, seeds, moss, lichen, mushrooms. Also mountain ridges, the coast and memorable people from the artist's past.

Drawing in nature is a spiritual communion: meditative, peaceful, simple act of gratitude when one feels open, spacious. The light in the drawing could signify the opening of the heart and mind. Events in nature often parallel what we all feel in our souls and can sometimes become art. 

 

As the buyer or collector be assured that this is a contemporary, modern and accomplished abstract drawing print. Several of these works has been shown at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art and reviewed favorably in the quarterly magazine Artweek.

 

The artist's past mentors/masters are:

Emilio Vedova (Academy of Fine Arts, Venice, Italy) 

Howard Warshaw (Fine Arts, University of California, Santa Barbara)

Their raw passion, energetic, expressive, gestural approach and use of earth/neutral tones in charcoal and conte' crayon were foundational for the artist.

Each image is a negative image from its black background. Essentially the main drawing tool is the eraser. Charcoal is the go-to medium for the artist because of its immediacy.

"A gift is a thing we do not get by our own efforts. We cannot buy it; we cannot acquire it through an act of will. It is bestowed upon us."-Lewis Hyde

 

"There's a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in." -Leonard Cohen.

It is an aha! moment when we make a deep connection or realization.

 

5% of proceeds are donated to the research institution Center for Mindful Self-Compassion created by Dr. Kristin Neff and Dr. Chris Germer. 


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