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the artist

I am mixed media artist whose contemporary portraiture is influenced by the human condition.  The focus of my portraits is to celebrate diversity, self- love and bring greater visibility to people in the LGBTQIA community, BIPOC as well as woman.

In 2018, I participated in the M.David & Co. artist residency in Brooklyn, NY.  This was the genesis of my self-portrait, which was instrumental in finding my voice, and in turn, starting a social practice called the One-Portrait Project.  The social practice involved interviewing people about their experiences with discrimination.  I have engaged with more than 70 people, aged 20 to 90, from all walks of life.  The interviews forced people to look at their personal experience with discrimination while reflecting on their impact on the world, then documenting it with the portrait.  The choice to stitch the surfaces together with cotton embroidery thread on the Mylar pieces is deliberate, and a necessary architectural function due to the translucency of the material.  The photographs are used to create captivating mixed media portrait collages.  The end result becomes an iconic image of the subject that celebrates the beauty of their humanity.

I have a degree in Fashion Merchandising, and my work has been exhibited nationally over the past fifteen years.  My current work is represented at Forré Gallery in Aspen, CO and On Center Gallery in Provincetown, MA.  In 2016 I was awarded third prize for artistic merit by juror Eric M. Lee, Director of the Kimbell Art Museum for the Artspace 111 3rd Annual Regional Juried Exhibition.  In 2021 my work was selected for New American Paintings issue 156.  I have been published in numerous publications including D Home, Luxe and Create Magazine.