Artist StatementAs an artist, I’m committed to a nontoxic (or less toxic) art practice, which is safer for myself, my family, and the environment. Through my quest for artist-quality, nontoxic materials and techniques, I discovered that the process of experimentation—working with an idea in mind, but ultimately responding to the materials—is what truly makes printmaking a passion for me. I use Akua Intaglio (professional-quality, soy-based inks) in my woodblock prints and natural paper fibers, such as cotton and abaca, in my pulp-paintings. Working from nature offers endless beauty and complexity to explore, showcases themes that are important to me, and ultimately creates a unified connection between my materials and subject matter. My artwork features landscapes and other organic subjects, reflecting an appreciation for both the grand beauty and intimate details of nature. My inspiration is based in memories of time spent outdoors as a child and the need to reconnect with nature as an adult.
I received my BFA from Syracuse University, College of Visual and Performing Arts, in 2001 and my MA in Museum Studies, also from Syracuse University, in 2003. I teach art and design at two community colleges (Howard and Anne Arundel) and have worked in the Education Department at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. I print in my home studio on a Conrad Etching Press and make paper at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Silver Spring, MD. My husband and I live in Baltimore with our two beautiful kids. We love to travel and spend time outdoors.