To me, art is about gathering data and recording expressed moments that capture the essence of a scene. While I am primarily a figurative artist, I am increasingly interested in the play of abstract geometric forms that begin a painting. I use shape, value and color to expose the emotion and energy of my subject matter.
I grew up in one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the heart of Denver and would continually watch how people interacted with one another, in good ways and bad. My paintings are stories of urban people; their struggles and joys, their emotions and their humanity. My work can be as simple as a portrait that captures the spirit of the sitter, or a street scene where a homeless person gathers their thoughts before their next move.
The art happens when the subject unites with form and color to convey feeling in a way that transcends representationalism—where a painting gives a real sense of person and place.
Contemporary Expressions Statement
The Contemporary Expressions series grew from an exploration of color: what it says about our feelings and what it signifies about ourselves. This work has its roots in my representational paintings of urban life. As both an artist and a woman of color, I’ve longed to see the beauty that was all around me represented in art, but found that cultural beauty norms are still the norm in painting, too. I chose blue to be a new skin color for all races to see if what was left wasn’t the representation of black people or brown people or white people ect., but just people.