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A creator, long before I even knew the word “artist,” I have worked extensively in painting, installation, public art, illustration, photography and graphic design. My art is about offering a gateway, a common place for us to meet, to portray our similar stories, struggles and triumphs. I strive to make art that is both a metaphor and catalyst for creating stronger relationships and communities. In this way, art is a connector, offering opportunities for awareness about ideas, other people and our surroundings that we might not otherwise encounter or consider.

“My role in society, or any artist’s or poet’s role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all.” – John Lennon

My drive to create this work and connect with others has presented incredible opportunities throughout my career that began at age 16 when I learned graphic design and medical illustration at the University of Texas Medical School, Houston. I went on to study with noted photographer Carl Chiarenza and printmaker Dwight Pogue while earning a BA in Studio Art from Smith College. I studied photography and printmaking at the Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and was a five time recipient of the Frank Freed Memorial Scholarship for Printmaking. I was also very fortunate to study and share a studio with figurative abstractionist, Ted Katz, in Portland, OR.

In 2013, I was the third Artist in Residence for TEDxMtHood (formerly TEDxConcordiaUPortland) creating the stage installation for the event and giving a TEDx talk. That piece, “Untangled,” was installed at the Portland International Airport from August 2013-January 2014. In addition, I’ve been working with TED and TEDxMtHood to create a robust Artist-in-Residence Program which TED has selected to be one of two Incubator Programs that will mentor other TEDx events that wish to create their own Artist-in-Residence Program.

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Oct
19th
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"Shadow is the obstruction of light. Shadows appear to me to be of supreme importance in perspective, because, without them opaque and solid bodies will be ill defined; that which is contained within their outlines and their boundaries themselves will be ill-understood unless they are shown against a background of a different tone from themselves." -Leonardo DaVinci #quote#davinci#light#shadow#art (at Hood River County)

"Shadow is the obstruction of light. Shadows appear to me to be of supreme importance in perspective, because, without them opaque and solid bodies will be ill defined; that which is contained within their outlines and their boundaries themselves will be ill-understood unless they are shown against a background of a different tone from themselves." -Leonardo DaVinci #quote#davinci#light#shadow#art (at Hood River County)

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Such a beauty. #mthood#nofilter#thisplace#pnw#upperleftusa (at Timberline Lodge And Ski Resort)

Such a beauty. #mthood#nofilter#thisplace#pnw#upperleftusa (at Timberline Lodge And Ski Resort)

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"keep close to nature’s heart…and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week on the woods. Wash your spirit clean." John Muir uir#quote#mthood#timberlinelodge  (at Timberline Lodge And Ski Resort)

"keep close to nature’s heart…and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week on the woods. Wash your spirit clean." John Muir uir#quote#mthood#timberlinelodge (at Timberline Lodge And Ski Resort)

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Am loving this day driving through Hood River sampling apples and pears. Currently sitting at Timberline Lodge after hiking Trillium Lake. Gawd…what a gorgeous day. #trilliumlake#oregon#timberlinelodge#pnw#upperleftusa#mthood#breathe (at Trillium Lake)

Am loving this day driving through Hood River sampling apples and pears. Currently sitting at Timberline Lodge after hiking Trillium Lake. Gawd…what a gorgeous day. #trilliumlake#oregon#timberlinelodge#pnw#upperleftusa#mthood#breathe (at Trillium Lake)

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Oct
18th
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#chosu#haiku#moon#sea#metaphir

#chosu#haiku#moon#sea#metaphir

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Just noticed this. I thought there was a zombie plant staring at me all day. #halloween#creepy#zombie

Just noticed this. I thought there was a zombie plant staring at me all day. #halloween#creepy#zombie

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Oct
16th
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“We have always held to the hope, the belief, the conviction that there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon.”
- Franklin D. Roosevelt
#dogwalk#mttabor#reservoir#portland#oregon#uppleftusa#roosevelt#quote#pathway#horizon
 (at Mount Tabor)

“We have always held to the hope, the belief, the conviction that there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon.”
- Franklin D. Roosevelt
#dogwalk#mttabor#reservoir#portland#oregon#uppleftusa#roosevelt#quote#pathway#horizon
(at Mount Tabor)

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“Forget about trying to compete with someone else. Create your own pathway. Create your own new vision.”
- Herbie Hancock
#dogwalk#mttabor#portland#oregon#uppleftusa#herbiehancock#quote#pathway
 (at Mount Tabor)

“Forget about trying to compete with someone else. Create your own pathway. Create your own new vision.”
- Herbie Hancock
#dogwalk#mttabor#portland#oregon#uppleftusa#herbiehancock#quote#pathway
(at Mount Tabor)

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“Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.”
- Helen Keller
#helenkeller#quote#dogwalk#bearmadog#schipperke#chow#schipperkesofinstagram#mttabor
 (at Mount Tabor)

“Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.”
- Helen Keller
#helenkeller#quote#dogwalk#bearmadog#schipperke#chow#schipperkesofinstagram#mttabor
(at Mount Tabor)

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Oct
15th
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“Cautiously, I allowed myself to feel good at times. I found moments of peace in cheap rooms just staring at the knobs of some dresser or listening to the rain in the dark. The less I needed, the better I felt.” Charles Bukowski, Let it Enfold You. #bukowski#quote#clouds#portland#nofilter (at South Tabor, Portland, Oregon)

“Cautiously, I allowed myself to feel good at times. I found moments of peace in cheap rooms just staring at the knobs of some dresser or listening to the rain in the dark. The less I needed, the better I felt.” Charles Bukowski, Let it Enfold You. #bukowski#quote#clouds#portland#nofilter (at South Tabor, Portland, Oregon)

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Oct
13th
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“What is straight? A line can be straight, or a street, but the human heart, oh, no, it’s curved like a road through mountains.” - Tennessee Williams

What excites me most about this little watercolor is the way I felt when painting. I was there. I could feel the ground under my feet, I could hear the rocks skitter beneath my shoes, the wind whipped against my face and my fingertips were chilled. I love painting these little postcards and feeling myself in a place I want to be. 

#suilven#MeallMeadhonach#scotland#visitscotland#sutherland#highlands#landmark#watercolor#postcardstomyself#ohtheplacesyoullgo#tennesseewilliams#quote#mountains

“What is straight? A line can be straight, or a street, but the human heart, oh, no, it’s curved like a road through mountains.” - Tennessee Williams

What excites me most about this little watercolor is the way I felt when painting. I was there. I could feel the ground under my feet, I could hear the rocks skitter beneath my shoes, the wind whipped against my face and my fingertips were chilled. I love painting these little postcards and feeling myself in a place I want to be.

#suilven#MeallMeadhonach#scotland#visitscotland#sutherland#highlands#landmark#watercolor#postcardstomyself#ohtheplacesyoullgo#tennesseewilliams#quote#mountains

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“The earth is my altar, the sky is my dome, mind is my garden, the heart is my home and I’m always at home - yea, I’m always at Om.”
-Eden Ahbez

Each time I walk up to this large conifer in Laurelhurst Park I get excited, wondering what new offering I’ll find on the trunk’s altar. Today, it was a little monkey sailing away in a chestnut boat. 

#laurelhurst#portland#ritual#dogwalk#distantshores#edenahbez#quote#boat#sailing
 (at Laurelhurst Park)

“The earth is my altar, the sky is my dome, mind is my garden, the heart is my home and I’m always at home - yea, I’m always at Om.”
-Eden Ahbez

Each time I walk up to this large conifer in Laurelhurst Park I get excited, wondering what new offering I’ll find on the trunk’s altar. Today, it was a little monkey sailing away in a chestnut boat.

#laurelhurst#portland#ritual#dogwalk#distantshores#edenahbez#quote#boat#sailing
(at Laurelhurst Park)

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“The impact of a conscious artist is necessary, and it ripples through the world.”
-Common
#common#quote#artist#ducks#laurelhurstpark#portland
 (at Laurelhurst Park Duck Pond)

“The impact of a conscious artist is necessary, and it ripples through the world.”
-Common
#common#quote#artist#ducks#laurelhurstpark#portland
(at Laurelhurst Park Duck Pond)

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Oct
12th
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There is nothing you can see that is not a flower; there is nothing you can think that is not the moon. - Basho #morning#moon#basho#quote#portland#nofilter

There is nothing you can see that is not a flower; there is nothing you can think that is not the moon. - Basho #morning#moon#basho#quote#portland#nofilter

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Thank you @ghirschbotjoy for my listening bot! My bot army grows. #botjoy #creativeclubhouse

Thank you @ghirschbotjoy for my listening bot! My bot army grows. #botjoy #creativeclubhouse

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