I am a midwife. I work in community health with diverse and interesting people- immigrants, students, artists, retirees, mothers, and unhoused families. I am moved by stories of love, hunger, loneliness, gratitude, and humor.
I am a painter. I savor the craft-like process of encaustic painting. Building, heating, carving, constructing and deconstructing speak to the meaning in my work and bring me joy while I paint. My love for creating comes from a childhood of designing houses and little worlds, tinkering on the workbench, writing, and helping in the garden.
First, I was a metalsmith. In the 1990’s, I exhibited my sculptural jewelry in galleries along the Eastern Seaboard of the US. I loved the feel of the hammer, the effect of fire, and the fun of incorporating found bits that didn’t belong.
My work is about connection. I like to explore the between place along the journey to connect- where we are suspended in transport, on the bridge between familiar and fear. To express this longing, I use translucent wax and pigment in layers of color, line and small ephemera.
I live in a three story ranch. I paint on the deck of my Oakland, California home. I live with five chickens, two dogs, two teens, and my Brazilian husband on a wild hillside of fruit trees, veggies, and various holes, forts, and sculptures being made or altered.                          You can reach me here and follow me on instagram.

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