about the artist
I have been actively involved in the Dallas/Ft. Worth art scene since moving to Dallas in 1989.
As an undergraduate student I studied painting, drawing, and printmaking at East Central University, in Ada, Oklahoma, where I received a Bachelors of Arts degree in 1985. Working in post-baccalaureate studies at the University of North Texas I continued in painting and printmaking for 3 years, after which I took time for other artistic endeavors (and work) and returned to school and received my MFA degree in Studio Art from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, in May 2008.
Before branching off to start Gray Matters Gallery with a friend, I was involved with 500X Gallery for 2.5 years, leaving as President in 1991. For 14 years I owned & operated Gray Matters Gallery and Red Room Books, which I closed in 2005, before returning to school in 2006. In 2008, I started work as the Gallery Coordinator of East l West Galleries in the Department of Visual Arts at Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas, organizing exhibitions and teaching as adjunct instructor in painting and printmaking classes, leaving in 2015. Starting in 2012, I reopened Gray Matters Gallery as a curatorial workshop, where I invited artists, curators and other arts professionals to develop exhibits, this continued until 2016. I am currently working for Half Price Books corporate office in Dallas, Texas.
I develop structures using images based on forms found in typography, illustration, mechanical and scientific drawings. These structures and compositions emphasize differences where the figure and ground are equally present in each part of the work. My interest lies in what can be added, deleted and manipulated in creating an image. The work indulges my interest in beauty through destruction/adaptation, satisfies an impulse for organization in use of the grid and systematic compositions, and the joy of investigating materials and outcomes. The pieces shift from geometric/diagrammatic to organic/intuitive, and each one contains a bit of the feeling at what I could accomplish with pencil line on paper when I first began making pictures.