Born: 1980. San Jose, CA
I was born and raised in California’s Silicon Valley. I began my formal schooling studying traditional painting techniques at The Art Institute of Southern California in Laguna Beach. But, being a NorCal girl at heart, I returned home to finish my education at San Jose State University. I currently reside in lovely Los Altos, CA.
I take simple everyday objects that are often overlooked – or at least un-remarked upon – and render them as though they are precious icons. Often times presenting the viewer with the suggestion that they are more important than we would initially give credit for. They are taken out of their day-to-day context and isolated on a stark background with dramatic lighting that permits the item to be viewed and hopefully appreciated in a way that it never has before. I often find great personality in inanimate objects, beauty in broken or damaged things, or complex of relationships between the most mundane items.
Despite these hidden depths the work is never meant to be too serious. I try to imbue the paintings with a sense of humor and whimsy to contrast my own efforts of over dramatization.
I am often asked how I choose my subjects. Most of the objects I select are small; usually they can fit in the palm of my hand. I find that the spectrum of my focus takes on a different quality when I have to get in so close to the selected item. Even at a close range I am still able to see the object in its entirety, unlike with a larger specimen, where to see the detail I often looses sight of the overall image. There is something self indulgent and satisfying about allowing my self to give all my attention to a single solitary item. I also choose items based on surface. There are certain surfaces that I love to recreate: the flat powder on a donut, the colorful translucency of gummi bears, the unique finish of eggshell. Lastly, and most simply, I pick items that I like.