Artist Statment

I’m a storyteller. 

     My artwork is the intimate narrative of the stories I have experienced or witnessed. Stories of the human condition and what I know of it: faith, loss, and betrayal, but also triumph, strength, and courage. When words fail me or the subject is too harsh or crude to bear, I turn to objects, images, and colors. I rely heavily on the use of universal symbolism within the images and objects I choose to emphasize emotion. Frequent themes are water, with its power to renew and destroy, and the violin, which represents a woman I have come to know and my relationship with her.

I am an empathetic human.

     The world is oversaturated with images and information,  I crave a world with softer edges for my empathic self. Creating with black and white, using desaturated imagery and limiting my color palette helps to soften the harsh realities of life.  I do this out of compassion and respect for myself and my audience. 

I am a mixed media artist. 

     I work with a variety of old, used, discarded items that no longer hold value in their original form. The reworking of these resale or found objects appeals to my “waste not, want not” philosophy and upbringing, and keeping these sentimental treasures from the landfill...that sits well with my soul.  My first love of photography gave me the skills to tell stories visually as I didn't fancy myself as a writer -- being dyslexic. When I am in need of comfort I tend to work with softer materials. Embroidery work also connects me to what has been known to me as “women's work” and a prayer is sewn into every stitch for anyone who has ever felt the way I have felt.  Collage gives me the ability to layer ideas and imagery to create visual depth and soulful understanding. When I allow myself to play with the materials I have collected in my studio, touching and connecting with each item, stories from a distant memory or a dream begin to emerge. It is intuitive, and it is only when it is finished do I know what story needed to be told.

Exhibitions 

2020

"Upcycled: Creative Reuse" - R Gallery, Boulder, CO

"Gratitude" - Kreuser Gallery, Colorado Spring, CO

2019

 

"Invitational Holiday Show" - Color & Ink Gallery, Hazel Park, MI 

“Full Circle” Solo Exhibition - Color & Ink Gallery, Hazel Park, MI

“Small Wonders” An Exhibition of Tiny Art & Films - Atomic Cafe, Hamtramck, MI 

“Animals Art Exhibition” - Light Space Time Online Gallery

 

2018

 

“Small Wonders” An Exhibition of Tiny Art & Films - Atomic Cafe, Hamtramck, MI 

“House of Wax” Juried Encaustic Competition - Northville Art House, Northville, MI 

“Wax in the D” An Exhibition of Encaustic Art - Wax in the D Online Gallery  

“Dia De Los Muertos” - Higher Art Gallery, Traverse City, MI 

“Damned” An Exhibition of Enlightened Darkness - Tangent Gallery, Detroit, MI

“Art for the Holidays” - Detroit Artists Market, Detroit, MI

“Big Group / Small Work” - Higher Art Gallery, Traverse City, MI 

 

2017

 

The Luna Collective” Group Show - Woods Gallery, Huntington Woods, MI 

 

2016

 

“The Luna Collective” Group Show - Madonna University, Livonia, MI

“The Dog & Pony Show” - Articipate Gallery, Berkley, MI 

 

2015

 

“Empty Before Use” The Art of the Cigar Box - Woods Gallery, Huntington Woods, MI

“The Damned” - Tangent Gallery, Detroit, MI 

“We the Vehicles”  A Tribute to Detroit Bicycle Culture - Detroit Artists Market, Detroit, MI

 

2014

 

“100 x 50” - Padzieski Art Gallery, Dearborn, MI

“Studio Grand Opening” The Luna Collective - Russell Industrial Center, Detroit, MI

2013

 

“Summer Art Show” - Rodin Restaurant, Detroit, MI

“The Journal Show” - Janice Charach Gallery, West Bloomfield, MI

“Members Exhibitions” - Whitdel Arts, Detroit, MI

“Actual Size” - Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit, Detroit, MI 

“Luna Collective Group Show” - Rust Belt Market, Ferndale, MI

“Local Artist Show: The Luna Collective” - Majestic Cafe, Detroit, MI

“Ridge Fine Art Market”, Ferndale, MI

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