I am an artist and instructor based in Oregon. My work explores light, combining contemporary and archaic processes to push the bounds of conventional photography. My work has been exhibited nationally and is featured in private, public, and corporate collections.
In 2010, I was selected as the Jubelale artist for Deschutes Brewery. In November 2010, Oregon Public Broadcasting featured my process and artworks on the Emmy award winning television series Oregon Art Beat. In January 2011, I was granted a US patent for the process by which I create my art. Most recently, I was granted a Storefront Residency in Seattle, WA.
I began art studies at a young age and have been experimenting with art processes and media ever since. I hold a Master's Degree in Education with Art Credential from Eastern Oregon University, a Bachelor's Degree in Art from University of Oregon, and an Associate's Degree in Photography from Modesto Junior College.
Spending summers in Portland, Oregon and winters in Bend, Oregon, I live with my husband, Tony, and our dog, Syan. I am an art professor at Central Oregon Community College in Bend, Oregon; a member of Milepost 5 artist community in Portland, OR; and a member of the award winning dance troupe Sahara's Dream. I enjoy traveling and living abroad. Having spent extensive time in Asia and South America, I have been influenced by the archaic in the jungles of Brazil and by the avant-garde in the jungles of Tokyo.
During the time I was pursuing my photography based art degree I witnessed meteoric changes within the photographic world. The once commanding darkroom was being replaced by the newest computer lab, while prosperous photography businesses were closing their doors forever. I both embraced and questioned the digital world photography was being assimilated into. I delved further into the basic concepts of photography; where it came from, what it meant, and where it was going. Pondering the root words photo meaning light and graph meaning to write, I began exploring the concept of literally writing with light. Following extensive research, I developed various methods of painting with light on photosensitive paper and designed different tools for this purpose. I self-authored a patent for the tool and process by which I create my art which was granted in 2011.
By looking critically and freshly at a well-known medium, I inaugurate new photographic practices that defy digital trends and open up new modes of praxis for art. Exploring and capturing light through formal and conceptual studies, I challenge traditional understanding of what a photograph is and how one is made. I emphasize process in art making, constructing conceptual reference to the medium itself. Combing cutting edge technology with the most archaic of processes, I push the bounds of conventional photography to invoke fresh alternatives to creating and appreciating art.