I grew up on Martha’s Vineyard, a beautiful island off of the coast of Massachusetts. I began to draw when I was a child and continued to explore art and study art history throughout my years at Smith College. After graduation, I spent several years painting largely abstract figurative oil paintings until moving to California, where I began my art conservation career. I trained in a variety of art conservation specialties in both the private and public sector before dedicating myself to book conservation. I have spent the past 11 years balancing bookbinding, motherhood, and art, but after my family’s most recent move to North Carolina, I find myself with ample space and time to spend on my art. I have been very busy in my studio these past couple of years, with several finished paintings and new linocuts in progress.
My greatest sources of inspiration have always been the natural world and artists whose use of color convey deep emotion and beauty, such as Van Gogh, Mark Rothko, and Wolf Kahn. I begin with an idea then let it go after I have created the composition and worked out the values. I allow the colors and shapes to unfold and evolve organically as I work. Rarely does a painting or a woodcut emerge as I thought it would when I started.