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 escapism and fantasy. I also make larger-sized (often illuminated) assemblage pieces and vintage "jewelry mosaics" in shadow boxes.
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 artist friends and colleagues. 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 based upon the same principles: combining physical manipulation, illumination, and atmosphere to evoke feelings of enchantment and childlike wonder.
My academic and practical counseling background provide me with a deep understanding of emotions and human nature, which assists me when interviewing and working with artists and creatives. My position as an arts 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 to can help promote lesser-known artists as well as showcase my passion for arts writing.