I love making connections. When I see a student's face light up after they hear me explain a process, when someone writes to me about how a piece of my artwork has brought back fond memories, or made them realize something they hadn't before, it makes my heart skip a beat. Creating connections between the past and the present, between different artistic mediums, and different learning styles is what I do. I believe that art is a language that can be a lens through which we see the world. I believe it is a vital part of our lives, informs a lot of what we do subconsciously and should be taken more seriously as a viable career in our society. Through all of my years teaching at colleges and universities, and co-creating my own art studio and school I have gathered knowledge and experience that I bring to my classes and my artwork. KQED named me one of the 10 "Women to Watch", and most recently I became the Santa Clara County Artist Laureate because of my dedication to advancing the world of education and art in the Bay Area. I hope I can connect with you through the work you see in my GALLERY and purchase in my SHOP, by signing up for my monthly NEWSLETTER and by taking one of my many video, virtual and in-person COURSES. Let me help you connect with what is most important in your life!
About my artwork
My work in printmaking and painting helps me navigate through the space of memory. I ask questions like “whose memories are these”, “Did I make this memory up”, and “how much do I really know about my past?” My work centers on the mysterious nature of growing up as an identical twin. We often have different memories of the same experiences. Growing up I struggled with finding my own identity as a unique individual that was part of a unit. Now I ask myself if it matters how unique I am. I will often start a piece with an object that rotates or moves back and forth such as an Estonian Windmill, Ferris Wheel or Carousel. Some of these objects spark real memories for me, some only show me how my past exists with me in the present. The rotating nature of these footholds keeps bringing me back to the beginning. I use the translucent nature of silk organza, acrylic Plexiglas and bee’s wax encaustic paint to layer the imagery in a kind of dream reality. I have started incorporating light into my pieces as a way to enhance the dimensionality of this deep and hidden space, only allowing certain elements to become clear.
About my life
I was born in San Francisco, California and grew up for half of my life in El Granada, California and the other half in Indiana. I pursued my passion in high school and college and received my BA in Painting from Anderson University in 2004 and my MFA in Printmaking from San Jose State University in 2011. I have been a member of the California Society of Printmakers since 2011. In 2012 I was an Artist in Residence at Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, California and taught Lithography courses there. In 2014 I co-created an art studio and school in San Jose called the School of Visual Philosophy. I am currently the Program Director of the school with my husband, a sculptor named Yori Seeger. In 2016 I was named one of KQED's 10 Bay Area Women to Watch. I now live in Ben Lomond, California with my husband, my daughter Lyla and twin boys Hayden and Esben.
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