Art for me is about aliveness. Painting and drawing is a way to illustrate experiences, solve puzzles, defuse intensity, marvel at beauty, feel my way through vulnerability, experiment with contrasts, hoping to find my way from the personal to the universal.
There is this wilderness inside of me, tigers, ravens, worms, giraffes, hippos, unicorns and elephants among others turn up illustrating ideas I read about, spiritual or emotional insights from my life and energies in the places I visit. My imaginary friends poke fun at me. They make me laugh at my troubles or melt in recognition. I “get” a picture or an idea & go to work.
The contrasts of pain and laughter, mess and beauty, happiness seeking and hidden shame are things I notice in the world and people around me.
I’ve worked as a cashier, youth worker, life coach, youth counsellor on the internet, ice cream seller, graphic designer in building automation, native language teacher and other things. I love talking to people about what makes life worth living, dive straight into what matters most and find common ground. My two kids and the beloved engineer whom I’m married to keep me grounded in everyday life, laundry piles and the small details that anchor all the artmaking.
I believe art makes inner knowledge visible and opens up doors that weren’t there before.
What you see here in my portfolio is what moves me to create. Thank you for visiting my particular lane of imagination <3