For the last two decades, my work has centered on the myths and concepts that have defined our relationship to nature. While researching the widespread application of recombinant DNA technology to our food crops, I discovered my fascination and delight with the subject of botany. My work evolved out of my concern over the uncertain realities of genetic engineering, the accelerated speed of human dominion over nature, and my reverence for the miraculous design of plants.

During the time I was working on a series titled Trangenetic Garden, I developed a serious allergy to the formaldhide and ammonia in acrylic paint. As an alternative, I turned to watercolor and ink to do studies of California indigenous medicinal plants. I was deeply moved by the beauty and power of these plants, and I began studying how indigenous societies made these plants central to their cultures. Shamanic healers believed that in order to survive seriously challenging situations, a part of the soul leaves the individual and takes refuge in another world in order assist in overall survival. However, this loss often results in illness. With the power to enter the other worlds, the shaman can retrieve the missing part of the soul needed to restore good health.

It is essential for a shaman to achieve inner balance in order to journey into the other worlds and to be an effective healer. Central to my interest in medicinal plants and shamanic practices is this element of balance. For me, art with its capacity for promoting states of equilibrium in which competing influences achieve a dynamic balance, parallels my desire for a human future that is in harmony with the natural world.


EDUCATION:

University of California, San Diego, M.F.A.1983

University of California, San Diego, B.A. Summa Cum Laude, 1979

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

2014   Common Ground, Escondido Municipal Gallery, Escondido, CA

2013   Root of Matter (canvases), Hera Hub Sorrento Mesa, San Diego, CA

2013   Root of the Matter (watercolors), Hera Hub Mission Valley, San Diego, CA

2013   Root of the Matter, Jacobs Family Library, La Jolla, CA

2012   Fragile Balance, Bread & Cie, San Diego, CA

2010   Remembering Water, Jacobs Family Library, La Jolla, CA

2008   Tomol Crossing, Escondido Municipal Gallery, Escondido, CA

2002   Transgenic Garden, LJCDS Board Room, La Jolla, CA

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

2010   Pure Painting 3, San Diego Public Library, San Diego

2009   Holiday Show, Anelle Gandelman Gallery, Larchmont, New York

2008   Works on Paper, Anelle Gandelman Gallery, Larchmont, New York

2008   Pink 2008, Soho Myriad, Atlanta Georgia

2008   Mixture, Featured Artist, San Diego, CA

2008   Fresh stART, Art Expressions Gallery, San Diego, CA

2008   4th Annual El Cajon Invitational, St. Claire Gallery, El Cajon, CA

2007   New Works/New Forms, Art Expressions Gallery, San Diego, CA

2006   Art Twogether, UCSD International House, San Diego, CA

2006   Group Exhibition, Fairmount Gallery, Dallas, Texas

2006   Group Exhibition, Art Expressions Gallery, San Diego, CA

2005   Group Exhibition, Linda Durnell Gallery, Los Gatos, CA

2004   Escondido Municipal Gallery, Juried Exhibition, Escondido, CA

2001   Oceanside Museum of Art Juried Exhibition, Oceanside, CA

2000   Athenaeum Annual Juried Exhibition, La Jolla, CA

 

COLLECTIONS:

Quantum of the Seas, Royal Caribbean International

Estancia Hotel, La Jolla, California

Hilton, La Jolla Torrey Pines, California

China World Trade Center in Beijing, Peoples Republic of China

Four Seasons Hotel, Marrakech, Morocco

Sharp Memorial Hospital, San Diego, California

Vdara Spa, CityCenter, Las Vegas, Nevada

Fourpoints Hotel, Guangzhou, China

MGM Mirage CityCenter, Las Vegas, Nevada

Four Seasons Hotel, Houston, Texas

Buckhead St. Regis Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia

Alliance Bernstein Investments, Inc., New York

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa

St. Joseph's Hospital, Phoenix, Arizona

 

GRANTS AND AWARDS:

First Place Award, Athenaeum Juried Exhibition, La Jolla, CA, 2000

Certificate of Recognition, Birmingham International Film Festival, 1983

Graduate Enrichment Grant, 1982

Mayer Grants, 1980, 1981, 1982

Ford Foundation Grant, 1980

Regents Fellowship, 1979

 

PUBLICATIONS:

Studio Visit Magazine, Vol. 22, 2013

San Diego Home/Garden, City Sleek, 7/2012

San Diego City Beat, 7/2010                                                                                          

The Magic in Painting, Robert L. Pincus, 2010 

Living & Writing on America’s Left Coast: Contemporary Women’s Plays, (cover art), 2009

North County Times, 6/13/2009

La Jolla Light, 6/2007, 6/2008

Decor & Style Magazine, San Diego, 6/2007

The San Diego Union-Tribune, 8/2000, 3/2001