Paintings that explore memory and how our memories shape us.

Inspired by a photo of my grandfather taken after he had just been released from a military hospital so that he could go fishing.

Inspired by a photo of my grandfather taken after he had just been released from a military hospital so that he could go fishing.

Do you have a box tucked away in the closet? A box with ticket stubs from the night of your first concert, hastily scrawled notes from your first lover, your grandmother’s necklace, that photo of your mom before she had you where she is positively glowing, the invitation to your wedding, and a few of your child’s first drawings? A box of memories that you pull out every now and again to pour over the past?

Do you linger in your memories?  

What I do

I seek to uncover the lessons in the stories of my ancestors and bring them to life in full color. As I grow and learn about myself, I see that I and my family are heavily shaped by the cultures we live in and because of that I also extend my work out, beyond my bloodline, to the stories of the ancestors of my country and culture as well to learn from the lessons in our collective past and move forward to face new lessons and challenges.

I collect antique photos and ephemera to use as inspiration. I research the people in the photos or mentioned in the letters, and I recombine the images and information to retell these stories to reflect on and respond to the world around me.

I create nostalgic paintings that evoke a feeling of looking into the past.

My life

My paints stored in mason jars on my desk.

My paints stored in mason jars on my desk.

I live in Tumwater, Washington, just a few blocks from the house where I grew up. I spend my best days exploring tradition, family, art, and myth with my family in our little house on the corner. I hold a degree in Creative Writing from The Evergreen State College and wrote a book, Modern Memory Keeper, in 2007. I am a self taught painter and my work combines a reverence for family and tradition with deep personal reflection and a love of stories.

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Me arranging a collection of paintings from my clouds series.

Me arranging a collection of paintings from my clouds series.