Let the beauty you love be what you do. (Rumi)
Sometimes you wake up. Sometimes the fall kills you. Sometimes, when you fall, you fly. (Neil Gaiman)
• Fine Art (ink, colored pencil, pastel, acrylics, gouache, oils, multimedia)
• Jewelry (metalwork, bezel settings, PMC, soldering, openwork, wire wrapping, keum-boo, gilding)
• Printmaking (woodcut, linocut, engraving/intaglio, lithography, etching, screenprinting)
• Photography (black & white, film processing, dark room)
• Graphic Design (print, web, business identity, vector graphics, Flash, animation, digital video editing)
• Marketing (advertising, communication, presentation, promotion, public relations)
FREELANCE, C2F, and BLISS CONCEPTS CLIENTS INCLUDE:
AddLogix, Arches Watercolor Papers, Art Advantage, Aqua/Bee Papers, Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, Black Phoenix Trading Post, Canson, Casa Francisquita, Collins Communications, Connoisseur Paintbrushes, Golden Artist Colors, GroupLogic, Grumbacher, Faber-Castell, Literary Arts, Mac Design Magazine (now Layers Magazine), MacWorld, Mass Transit, M. Graham Watercolors, Neil Gaiman, Our House of Portland, Pentalic Paper, PPI, Pro Art, Red Cross, Strathmore, Time for Success, "The Vampire Diaires" and "Bones" television shows via Artisan Group, Versiontracker, Western Ballet, Writers in the Schools
Art has been a constant in my life for as long as I can remember. I received a year of private art lessons from my 7th grade history teacher; at age 14 I had my first art show and open house at the city library, and by 16 I had a piece hanging in the Springville Art Museum. As a senior in high school, I won Utah's Sterling Scholar of Art program and was awarded a full-ride scholarship anywhere in the state. My creative work has since shifted between purely fine art, to illustration, to graphic design, to jewelry design, but at its heart it is all one and the same.
My work is often presented as collections with overarching themes—often holding stories of myth and magic, symbols, motifs found in nature and in life, the moon and stars, or the elements.
I love layered meanings. I seek to share something that is distinctive and eye-catching on the surface, but which also holds a deeper personal meaning, even if it's as simple as a connection with a certain symbol or a reminder of a meaningful childhood story. I love observing the ebb and flow of the year and its seasons. I love the rise and fall of light between summer and winter. These things add a touch of magic to my life and, in turn, I pour that into my creations.
Flowing between art, design, and jewelry is a strange creature but each one lends itself to the others to create one unified picture. I also do contemporary dance and ballet; dancing fuels my art and art fuels my dancing. The bottom line is that I create. I communicate in shapes and colors and textures and lines rather than in words. There are so many stories to be told, and I am both listening and seeking ways to share them.
This is my heart and soul, an ongoing visual timeline of my thoughts and inspirations. I hope my creations bring you a touch of beauty and joy.