Artist Biography

I come from a large family grounded in the mountains and in kindness which are the same thing. Also grounded in the mountains and in kindness is my marriage to my husband, Travis, who is my home. We have lived near Parkdale, Oregon for over 20 years, where we spend most of our free time gazing admiringly at our son, Oscar, who is a spectacular child of many talents.

I have much love and gratitude for Portland State University and the city of Portland, Oregon, where I earned my bachelor’s degree in Art History in 1997. I especially want to thank Mark Trowbridge and Jane Kristof for their mentorship and the care and feeding of my art history education. I also want to thank Susan Harlan for her excellent
painting instruction, including introducing me to the “twenty works project” process – a practice that would bring my painting back to life after a long break for motherhood. Gratitude also for my art studio, which crash landed in my basement from outer space as a perfectly designed vehicle for my many solo flights. This tiny, dank, cold, dark space is a place where, no matter what is happening in the world, still I feel powerful and at peace with myself.

EXHIBITIONS

Columbia Center for the Arts: Emerging Artists Exhibition – August 31-October 2, 2016

Sushi Okalani featured artist – September 2 – October 31, 2016

Columbia Center for the Arts: Dia de Los Muertos exhibition – November 2016

Columbia Center for the Arts: Best of the Gorge

The Remains Gallery, Hood River: The Icons Show 2018

The Remains Gallery, Hood River: Multnomah County Justice Center Show 2019

Columbia Center for the Arts: Best of the Gorge 2019

Columbia Center for the Arts: Best of the Gorge 2020

Columbia Center for the Arts: Holiday Show 2020