Artist / Writer / Educator
I am a Southern California-based mixed media artist and arts writer specializing in the creative process and art therapy. I have a counseling degree and I've worked with clients using various art therapy modalities including sandplay therapy (in which clients build symbolic scenes in a sand tray using miniatures). The act of building (and witnessing the building of) “little worlds in boxes” influenced my style of mixed media assemblage art, as does my lifelong love of dioramas. Many of my cigar box pieces are surreal, fantastic snapshots into worlds that reflect my love of science fiction and fantasy. I also make larger-sized (often illuminated) assemblage pieces based on themes put forth by various exhibitions as well as requests for commissioned pieces.
I am inspired by the assemblage work of well-known artists such as Louise Nevelson and Joseph Cornell, as well as the diverse artwork produced by the artists I know and associates with. In this increasingly virtual, fast-paced world, I hold dear the old fashioned arts of magic, stop-motion animation, and puppetry, and I strive to create work which is based upon the same principles: using physical manipulation, illumination, and atmosphere to evoke feelings of enchantment and childlike wonder.
My academic and practical counseling background provides me with a deep understanding of emotions and human nature, which assists me when interviewing and working with artists and creatives. My position as a freelance art writer has given me the opportunity to visit many galleries and artists’ studios and speak intimately with artists about their creative processes as well as what inspires their work. The position has also provided me with a platform in which I can help promote lesser-known artists as well as showcase my passion for arts writing.
I am a mixed media artist. I enjoy playing with both new and vintage items in my shadow box pieces. I also love the practice of art journaling. I particularly enjoy layering media to create texture and aged effects. I I teach an art journaling class for teens and I host a monthly meet-up for my friends.