Painting connects me to the conversation between reality and the imagination, where I feel happiest and most fulfilled.  The quiet of my dream world may lead to a story, or some narrative or memory.  Wounds of Desire & Destruction emerged from this process.

Sometimes the images come to me complete, and others need greater introspection to discover their meanings.  Finding the right gesture, or form among other  painting elements and techniques is the gratifying artistic journey that creates understanding of those images.

As a former dancer, body and body movement are central to how I articulate energy in my paintings.  While they are not always about the human figure, for me, the human figure is the source of all things creative.  I am always calling upon my early years as a dancer where I had to examine myself in a mirror, and explore every nuance of a dance position, in order to convey the essence of a musical moment. 

Wounds of Desire & Destruction are images that express a trauma in my early personal history.  They are about my body and my experience as a woman.  It is the imaginative process of painting that has allowed me to access and explore this reality.

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