Artist Statement

Like most people, I am full of hopes, dreams, failures and possibilities. For me, these thoughts and feelings resemble a giant Rubik’s cube – 3 dimensional, vibrant, overwhelming, and difficult to put into words. My art practice gives me a safe space to journal my beliefs, thoughts, and feelings through a visual medium. My abstract collages are created from acrylic monoprints that reflect the organic shapes and marks of my deep connection with nature – tree branches, leaves, tall prairie grass, beach glass, and river rocks. I decide on a color palette and dig through thousands of my papers, choosing a few dozen, and then start to cut and paste. I create intuitively, trusting that the piece will evolve from the process of doing, and not planning. My current series of large collage grids, with up to 220 3” small collages within one piece, gives me a space to make friends with the ideas, thoughts and emotions bouncing around in my head.

I am a self-taught visual artist based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


May 2021 - The Big Exhibit,The Arts Mill,  Grafton, WI
May 2020 - The Art of Collage II Online Exhibit, Frank Juarez Gallery, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
April 2020 - Rising Amongst the Chaos: In the Time of the Coronavirus Online Exhibit, Frank Juarez Gallery, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
March 2020 - SWAN exhibit,  Milwaukee, WI
May 2019 - The Big Exhibit,The Arts Mill,  Grafton, WI
April 2019 - 30x30x30 Exhibition, Var Gallery, Milwaukee WI
March 2019 - SWAN exhibit, Urban Ecology Center, Milwaukee WI
Dec 2018 - 5th Year Anniversary Show, Var Gallery, Milwaukee WI
Nov 2018 - 2018 Members Show, Museum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend WI
Nov 2018 - 2018 Tiny Art Show, Art Bar, Milwaukee WI

Contact Me

I would love to hear from you! If you would like to talk about a commission or any of my available work, send me a note. 


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