I am a self-taught mixed media artist from San Francisco, California. I paint portraits of women, using acrylics and raw materials, such as plastics, metals, feathers, antlers, paper, corks, fabrics and beads. Each portrait is an emotional articulation of the female queer experience. My work is influenced by my identity as a queer woman and the narratives of isolation, longing and desire, coming out, external rejection and hostility, and self-embrace.
I construct material headdresses and garments in order to accentuate my subjects’ multi-dimensionality. The garment materials serve as metaphors for my subjects’ needs and desires: protection, intimacy, sensuality, freedom, and peace. The textured backgrounds are projections of my subjects’ internal worlds.
My goal is to portray women who are moving through experiences with courage, love, and strength as well as with rage, pain and fragility. And thereby, I seek to present female beauty as a deep expression of the internal self.
Update: In 2017, I moved to Germany and traveled as much as I could with my spare time. Unfortunately, I was unable to dedicate enough time to paint. However, I did create a Travel Blog, Moon & Honey Travel, which is another type of art form (photography and writing). If you love to travel and discover new places, check it out.