From a student painting of circles at the University of New Orleans, to my current fascination with the interlocking circles of sacred geometry…
From reading When God Was A Woman in the early 70′s to my ongoing visual exploration of the role of the Goddess in our modern world…
From my very first oil painting of a tree to my most current painting, The Tree of Life— I still see the early influences of Jackson Pollack’s abandon, and Van Gogh’s emotionality, as well as my studies of myth and world culture.
After New Orleans, I went to Mexico and soaked in that culture’s bright colors and folk art before returning to school at the San Francisco Art Institute, who boasts association with world-class artists like Mark Rothko and Clyfford Still.
When I graduated with my BFA, I moved to the Greek island of Lesbos where, immersed in the beauty of the island, I painted for two years before my earlier studies of the ancient world appeared in my work as small figures of the Goddess.
I returned to San Francisco and found the Goddess becoming a consistent theme—for ten years—alongside the influences of Marija Gimbutas, an archeologist who uncovered art from the Goddess worshipping civilizations along the Black Sea, circa 6000 BC.
In 2001 I returned from a trip to China to my current home of New Mexico and found strong geometric marks appearing in my paintings. Later I discovered these were the same patterns found in sacred geometry.
Like the small acorn that becomes a mighty oak tree, the quiet voice of my intuition continues to plant seeds of inspiration, as I watch, amazed at how life unfolds in a synchronistic flow of study, travel, and painting.
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