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Biography

I grew up in the wonderfully spooky city of New Orleans. While other kids were running about in the fresh air,  I remained huddled inside ; first devouring any fantasy or fairy tales that I could find, and then trying to illustrate what I had just read. I fell in love with the work of  the classic illustrators of children's literature. Rackham, Detmold, Dulac, Nielsen, and Tenniel  put faces to the characters that I loved in all the old stories.

I continued to draw avidly . My efforts back then consisted mainly of pen and ink renderings of mermaids, fairies, and Tolkein characters. Then I finally got some lessons when I attended  the University of New Orleans, where I learned to paint and where - in 1986- I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree . Immediately thereafter, I began working as a Mardi Gras float painter and designer. While I worked on my own paintings here and there, I didn't really decide exactly what it was that I wanted to paint until I moved to Los Angeles in 1996, where I started painting rather unconventional still lifes. 

I like to find the humor in life. I use animals, dolls, odd toys, haunted figures from old photographs-to portray everyman, and I love  the technical aspects of painting ; rendering different textures, patterns, and surfaces, as thoroughly as I am able, and thereby giving a weightiness to the fantasy.

I want to make sure that my paintings imply a narrative, and I tell my own stories now through my paintings, harkening back to those wonderful, magical stories and illustrations that so enchanted me as a child.

I currently reside and work as a scenic artist for theater, television and film in Los Angeles. I also keep very busy doing my own artwork, and I am currently illustrating a children’s book.

My first love though, continues to be creating and telling my own stories-to the best of my ability- through my paintings.


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS :

2017

Hive Gallery, Los Angeles, CA “Tawdry"

Cactus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA  “ Loteria III”, “Something Wild in My Garden”, “The Love You Make”, “Pinocchio’s Follies"

Revolution Gallery, Buffalo, N.Y. “Interfusion”, “Sonic Splendor"

Eight and Sand, Seattle, WA: Featured Artist  “Seven Deadly Sins”, “Insectarium"

The Hive Gallery, Phoenix, AZ: " You Have the Magic" 

La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA “Laluzapalooza XXXI” , The 5th Annual Coaster Show

Baton Rouge Gallery Center for Contemporary Art, LA: "Surreal Salon 5" 

2016

Eight and Sand, Gift Art Group Show, Seattle, WA:  "Gift Art Group Show” , "The Great Outdoors" 

Cactus Gallery LA, Los Angeles, CA:  "Symphony of Wings”, “Water” , " Sticks and Stones” , "Tiny Treasures XI"  

Chico Art Center, Chico, CA:  National All Media Juried Exhibition

Artsy Shark, online, Featured Artist November

La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA :  "The Coaster Show” ,  “Laluzapalooza XXX” 

Coagula Curatorial, Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA:  “Ten Top Artists” 

2015

La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA: "The Coaster Show" ,"Laluzapalooza" 

Gristle Tattoo Gallery, Brooklyn, NY: "Libertine" 

Tangent Gallery, Detroit, MI:  "Ink 2" 

Chico Art Center, Chico, CA:  "Contemporary Woman" 

The Hive Gallery, Los Angeles, CA: The Hive 10th Anniversary Show 

The Trunk Space, Phoenix, AZ:  "Booked:Contemporary Literary Art”

2014

Baton Rouge Gallery Center for Contemporary Art, LA: "Surreal Salon 6"  2014 

The Virtual Tart Gallery, Second Life: "Unsorted" solo show 

Perihelion Arts and Modified Arts, Phoenix, AZ: "Chimerical"

Las Laguna Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA: "24 and Under-A Small Works Show"

NAAC, Woodstock, Illinois "27th Annual Women's Works”

2013

Baton Rouge Gallery Center for Contemporary Art, LA:  "Surreal Salon 5" 

Las Laguna Gallery,Laguna Beach, CA : "Animal Fairy Tales, Fables, Fact or Fiction" , "24 and Under"

The Hive Gallery, Los Angeles, CA  Featured Artist for the month of October

International Guild of Realism,Tempe Center for the Arts, Tempe, AZ: " 8th International Juried Exhibition"

Baton Rouge Gallery Center for Contemporary Art, LA:  "Surreal Salon 5" 


MY WORK HAS APPEARED IN:


“Infected By Art Volume 4” 2016

infected by art vol 4


"Vicious, Delicious, and Ambitious 20th Century Women Artists" 

vicious, delicious and ambitious

  a Schiffer Design Book


“Weirdo Noir”

weirdo noir

Chronicle Books

LINKS:

I’m the featured artist of the month for November, 2016  at Artsy Shark

You can find me over at Infected by Art

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