In 1982 I began to add slight three-dimensional details to the flat canvases I was painting. By degrees, this became my principal focus. Initially I fashioned most of the projecting surfaces from wood, masonite, and plastic raw materials. Eventually, I recognized that second-hand shops were filled with already-fabricated “junk” adaptable to my purposes. I liked the idea of incorporating everyday objects into esthetic pieces that combine colorful surfaces and tactile dimensionality. My work since 1990 is constructed almost exclusively with found and salvaged materials.
The challenge is to discover the most interesting possibilities inherent in the miscellaneous found objects. I have to adapt to the material. Sometimes I have in mind a theme from my reading or reflection that I try to suggest symbolically; sometimes I simply begin playfully to juxtapose shapes and textures and trust to serendipity. My process relies heavily on my intuitive sense of what is needed.
More recently, I have come off the wall, making free-standing sculptures by the same method. These works present special challenges in construction, and the present additional esthetic challenges because of multi-dimensional viewing and the inherent limitations in my found materials.
People who see my work are often curious about what it “means.” I hope that viewers will find pleasure – as I do – in the tactile appeal of the pieces, in their geometric tensions, and in the play of lines, angles, and arcs. But frequently something more occurs: abstract elements in the work may evoke for the viewer some familiar image or experience, or touch perhaps a feeling dimly understood. I am delighted when this occurs, when my assemblages provide stimulus for the perceiver's active imagining, when they set someone else's fantasy and creativity in motion. I would like my art to be a catalyst for the viewer's imagination rather than stop short at the boundaries of my own.
2012 One Woman Show at The New Dawn Gallery, Pocatello, ID
2005 Eagle Rock Museum, Idaho Falls, ID
1996 Woman’s Place Bookstore, Salt Lake City, UT
1993 John Davis Gallery, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID
1986 International Arts Gallery, Pocatello, ID
1986 Creative Visual Arts Association, Preston, ID
1984 Transition Gallery, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID
Exhibitions in Juried Competitions
2000 Idaho Women’s Art Exhibit, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID
1995-1996 Chair Affair, Interior Designers of Idaho, Boise, ID (special recognition)
1995 National Small Painting, Sculpture, New Forms Exhibition, Boise State Univ. Gallery of Art, ID
1993 Contemporary Artists of the Northwest, Boise State University Gallery of Art, Boise, ID
1990 Big Sky Biennial Exhibition, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID
1988 Bear Lake Arts Rendezvous, Montpelier, ID; (Best of Show Award)
1988 "Art Zone" Collectors Mart, Denver, CO
1987 Fifth Idaho Biennial Exhibit, Boise Gallery of Art, Boise, ID
1986 Behind the Mask Competition, Idaho Artists' Association, Sun Valley, ID
1985 Fourth Idaho Biennial Exhibit, Boise Gallery of Art, Boise, ID
1985 Behind the Mask Competition, Idaho Artists' Association, Sun Valley, ID
Selected Gallery/Group Exhibitions
2011 The William Ris Gallery, Stone Harbor, NJ.
2011 Transition Gallery, Idaho State University, Pocatello,ID "Forgotten Feminisms"
2010-2011 Edward Montgomery Fine Art, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA
2009 Women's Center Bra Project: Artist Donation, Boise, ID
2007-2010 Juniper Sky Fine Arts Gallery/Coyote Gulch Art Village, St. George, Ut.
2007 Art Exchange, New York City Art Expo, NY
2006 LS3P Associates LTD., Design Firm, St., Charleston, SC
2004 Art Divas Gallery, Taos, NM
2003 CoDa Gallery, Park City, UT
1999-2011 Houshang Galleries, Santa Fe, NM
1999-2001 Oak Street Studio/Gallery, Pocatello, ID; (Owned & operated)
1999 J Crist Gallery, Boise, ID,…(All Dolled Up)
1997 Transition Gallery, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID
1996 Gallery By The Lake, Coeur d'Alene, ID
1995 Woman's Place Bookstore, Salt Lake City, UT (featured artist)
1994 Phillips Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT
1991-1992 Ratliff-Williams Gallery, Sedona, AZ
1991 Transition Gallery, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID
1986 Transition Gallery, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID
1984 Gallery of Collectable Art, Pocatello, ID
Relevant Art Education
Art workshops with Sergei Bongart, Don Ricks
Studio courses taken at Utah State University, Weber State University, University of Iowa, and Idaho State University
Residency in Denmark (six months l976); Cambridge England (five months 1992); with travel in northern Europe