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 connect real to imagined memories and my life experiences to my heritage. Growing up as a second generation Baltic American, I have always tried to connect the artifacts I have acquired from Estonia and Latvia into my own story. Feeling drawn to a world that is in my blood, but not in my memory is what motivates me to create layered works in lithography, screen printing, collage and encaustic. I am constantly trying to lift the veil between 2 worlds- however that manifests for me- as an identical twin, as the mother of twins, and as the granddaughter of displaced people.
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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