these days...

Illuminarts 2017

Studio & 2016

Pura Vida 2016

Prints Late 2015

Tearoom 2015

Olio 2015

Tearoom 2014






After a communications degree from UC Berkeley, then a graphic design degree from Academy of Art University in San Francisco, I began a long process of creative work in professional window display and graphic design. This evolved into a love of painting and print-making about 25 years ago. I've been in Durango for over 20 years.

I love the feel of the creative process, particularly the way it is both warmly familiar and radically new. While I do gain confidence in medium and my tools as I practice, at the same time there is a lack of direct control that allows the novel and surprising to manifest. Wonderful layers and textures arise from this mutual blend, giving unrepeatable and complex images. Working in this way bypasses the everyday, goal-oriented mind and calls for a deeper connection to immediate experience, awareness and gesture. It is at once so simple, and yet often quite elusive.

I listen into the rustle of paper, the clink of tools, the pull of tacky ink. I see the colors, shapes and textures, and work the rhythm and spacing. I relax and open to a flow and allow myself to move-with what is happening as best I can. I am not consciously addressing meaning, theme or concepts. It can be quite surprising to see what comes of all this.


“Monotypes are known as the most painterly method among the printmaking techniques; it is essentially a unique printed painting. The characteristic of this method is that every transfer-print is unrepeatable. The beauty of this medium is also in its spontaneity and its combination of printmaking, painting and drawing.” - Tate Museum


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