Inspired by locations I have been, these environments tell a complex tale of transitions and placements. Their stories are individual but binding to the places that have resonated with me.
My adjustment to Amsterdam life started when I got a studio space. 'Moving Cotton' is the first painting that really expresses how I feel about the life I have created here. The motion of the canals and structure of the city are vibrant and rich in the compositon - it's definitely one of my favorite pieces.
86 x 70cm
Amsterdam has a lot of rain and I am really inspired by what happens to all that water. The organization and system of canals here has inspired a collection of paintings that combine the flow of water as well as the organization behind the city I love.
110 x 98cm
Prinsengracht is one of the bustling canals here in Amsterdam. The intense blue in the deep left reminds me of busy crocodiles, just like the crowds of people that swarm the canal.
113 x 110cm
Of all of the canals here in Amsterdam, Herengracht is the one I have spent the most time on, so for me, it has more complexity and diversity than the others. This piece enchants me with it's full range of blues and vibrant yellow.
91 x 88cm
I walked along this canal one day this summer. There is a small side park between the street and canal that has a willow tree. its long thin branches touched the grass. It made my day, that tree. I can feel it here.
70 x 60cm
Amstel runs along the east of Amsterdam and though it's not a made canal, the river has been shaped and contained over time. When you follow the Amstel deeper away from the city, you see the land open up around it. Flat meadow like farms and large embankments, it's lovely.
60 x 65cm
Geldersekade is in the midst of the red light district and though I am not there often, it's rich history and reputations are alluring. I struggled a bit with the balance of red to yellow here, but in the end, the mystery and haze that emerges is one that represents the many layers this canal offers.
74 x 63cm
Sometimes a place only exists online. In my online Facebook world, I decided I wanted to make my community there more visible - so I asked for a palette from my peers and with that palette I create this piece. 'Arctic Ice' bridges the gap between my world online and the studio I create in.
66 x 56cm
While I lived in San Francisco for eleven years I moved every two years, each time into more and more compact spaces. I22 symbolizes that movement from space to compact, bright compartments.
60 x 46cm - stretched
The Netherlands makes amazing clouds - the kind that have inspired the painting masters for centuries. With an eye on the sky and a limited palette, I focus this series on the misty heavens here in Amsterdam and what I imagine them to be hiding.
48 x 48cm
Clouds with light behind them are mesmerizing. In this piece, purple worked its way into my sky as well as some organic creatures. I imagine that the are chasing the light the way that we Amsterdammers chase the sun.
78 x 68cm
The Glitterati focus on glitter bombing politicians and came to fame in the US during the 2012 presidential elections. I was not a part of this movement it inspired me to create this piece as glitter has played a large part in my transition from the US to Amsterdam.
50 x 50cm
I wanted to do a piece that directly expressed conflicts I experienced moving to Amsterdam. The side on the right reflects my deep longing for my family at home, while I offset those emotions to create and build a new life here in Amsterdam. The result reminds me that both missing and creating can happen at once.
92 x 80cm
In my 20's in San Francisco I used to collage a lot in my pieces - they were thick and raw with mediums, gravel and orange peels. When I laid down the base for 'Homey,' I reconnected to that time in SF. The intensity of the colors and thickness of the mediums do feel like coming home.
73 - 57cm
The transition for me between California and Amsterdam began happening in the Spring of 2011. As I worked on this piece, pink became the dominate color - which was very new, much like the decision to leave the country I was born in. I feel this piece was the first step in trying something new.
76 x 61cm - stretched
Since I enjoyed working within my Online community for 'Arctic Ice' I opened up the request again for another Group Palette on Facebook. This sunset scene feels like it comes right from the park by our house, I see people relaxing, birds in flight and even a few watery pools. It was a great experience to create from the community again.
66 x 50cm
There is a thick mapping underlayer in this piece that makes me remember what it was like to live in San Francisco. The connected transit lines, the small green spaces and foggy summers. I see that I am trying to connect the lines here in the experience of that city.
46 x 46cm - stretched