Saffron (2020)

36" x 36" Acrylic paint and water on canvas

During the Pandemic, I was able to find a wonderful herbal shoppe in New Buffalo, MI. The owner had a ton of saffron flower for sale, so I bought a bag and was enamored with the color for days until I decided to paint this. Also, I love using paint scrapers for painting!

The Calmest Light (2020)

60" x 48" Acrylic paint and water on canvas

This piece was a commission from the Little Gallery at the Lakeside Inn in Lakeside, MI. I tend to look to the liminal in my works, and for this one, I treated my process as a liminal and elemental ritual involving tarot. You may see a stormy sky with a moon at its center, but with enough study and viewing, you may see some other things come into view.

White Rhino (2020)

48" x 60" acrylic paint with water on canvas

I painted this piece in April 2020 while isolating in Michigan, and was chatting with another guest on the grounds about the concept of ego. This piece feels like a challenge to my ego. I let things flow without my imposter syndrome setting in, and a surprise showed itself. That surprise was the figure of my guest standing on his own down in the left hand corner.

i Love You, but i Need Another Year (2019)

60' x 48" Acrylic paint and water on canvas

This was a piece I created when healing over the breakdown a relationship I desperately needed to be over. I wanted to convey the undertones of hope and growth out of an incredibly chaotic emotional state. 

In the Garden of the Illusive Francine (2019)

36" x 36" Acrylic paint and water on canvas

This was the first painting I completed during my first week as resident artist at Lakeside Inn. 

Kingdoms are Created Through a Naive Melody (2019)

20" x 36" Acrylic paint and water on table leaf

This was a commission by a couple who wanted me to listen to Talking Heads' "This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)" while painting this table leaf for their dining room table. When not in their table, it is fixed to hang on the wall of their dining room. Multifunctional!

Ghost Forests (2019)

36" x 36" acrylic paint and water on canvas

Another piece done at the Lakeside Inn. I came to the inn for a couple of days to see a show with Mary Lattimore and Meg Baird, and after buying their album "Ghost Forests," I listened to it on loop all day in the studio and painted all of the swirling colors it evoked.

Quarantine (2020)

48" x 48" Acrylic paint with water on canvas

I felt the urge to use reds and blacks at the beginning. I was channeling some sort of violence that sat in my body. As I softened, though, the blues and purples wanted to be seen, so in they went.

The Rift (2019)

36" x 36" Acrylic paint and water on canvas

This was painted at the same time I painted "In the Garden of the Illusive Francine." I had this one on the floor while the other was on an easel. I listened to a lot of Björk while working on this.

The Ascension (2020)

36" x 36" Acrylic paint with water on canvas

I painted this piece in February just before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. I knew something was changing, but through this piece, reminded myself that as the hardships hit you, you have an opportunity to turn it into an enlightening experience. 

Nightingale (2020)

36" x 36" Acrylic paint and water on canvas

This was inspired by listening to Elyse Kakacek singing my song cycle of miniatures called "Nightingale Songs," which I wrote with wordsmith Bea Goodwin. Bea wrote the text during the Kavanaugh hearings, and at once I could feel the pain and programmed need to wrap the turmoil in a pretty facade. It's what most women go through every single day.