What have you been working on since your work appeared in Get Real?
Since the exhibition with MOCA, I have had three solo exhibitions in New York, Denver, and London, which have been working with ideas around death, rebirth, and transformation.
How did the MOCA Jacksonville exhibition affect your career?
The exhibition was one of my first major museum shows and helped to define a new level in my career. I was very excited to be among other painters who I could relate with and learn from. I also enjoyed being included in the panel discussion Women Painting Women; being able to share in that dialogue with the other women and audience was very rewarding.
How would you describe your work to someone who's never seen it?
I describe my work as psychological portraiture dealing with improvisational realism. I paint portraits of people who I love and admire in a primarily realistic way, allowing for abstraction and destruction of the form. The portraits are mostly straightforward and hold eye contact with the viewer. My intent is for the audience to feel as if they are meeting someone in the flesh.
What ideas do you explore in your work?
I explore a broad range of the human experience; every subject brings in his or her own unique material and adds a new dimension to the work. Some of the prominent ideas are vulnerability, death, rebirth, motherhood, the psychedelic experience, sexuality, and intimacy.
What do you want people to know about your work?
I want to express that the work is an act of love. The more I mature within my practice, the more I understand the transformative power in art-making, not only for my personal well-being, but for those who I invite into my process. I think that at times art-making can feel like such an isolating activity, but it's as primal and as necessary for the health of the human being as any other calling or vocation.