"It would perhaps not be an exaggeration to say
that beauty is born out of pain
rather than the other way around.
And that the greater the pain is,
the greater also the beauty will become."
~S.J.Pettersson

Portfolio

About

"As my artist statement explains,
my work is utterly incomprehensible
and is therefore full of deep significance."
~Calvin (Bill Watterson)

I experience. Then, I paint.

My art, like my life, revolves around my chronic migraines. When a migraine comes on, even with my eyes closed, I "see" things. Colors and shapes flood my mind in fluid poetry. These mystical images recede, shift, radiate and pulse, becoming more vibrant and vivid as time goes on. Frequently, I paint through a migraine, trying to quickly tap into what I see. When I can't, I am able to recall the imagery at a later time and commit that to canvas.

Each piece I create evolves from a meditative and introspective process, wherein I become one with my art: it is being aware in that moment, being mindful, acknowledging the pain and chaos, and losing myself to the visual symphony that unfolds. Some notes are peaceful, while others are discordant. I train myself to paint through the painful discomfort: My breathing slows down, my jaw unclenches, and my body slowly begins to relax. Often, completing a painting acts as a relief, and reminds me that my mind can do more than just process pain:

I think of myself as an abstract expressionist, with my paintings highlighting a spontaneous, intuitive and personal mark-making.Even though I wouldn't call my paintings portraits, all of my works are self-portraits in a way. My art is part of me and I am part of my art

2012-14 Doctoral Studies, ABD, Arts Administration, Education and Policy, The Ohio State University

2012 MA Visual Arts Education, University of Cincinnati

1998 BFA Communication Arts and Design, Virginia Commonwealth University

My book

Fifty of my early paintings have been published in both hardcover and paperback editions by Pocamug press in December 2017.

Preview and buy it on Amazon by clicking the link below:

Migraine Visions: Transforming Pain Into Beauty

It’s easy to walk a path and leave no footprints at all, but a determined soul digs deep, digs in, and leaves behind a little something.

And so, it is with me.

Affiliations

Cincinnati Art Club

Fitton Center

The Woman's Art Club of Cincinnati
Membership Chair 2018-2020

The Dayton Visual Arts Center

Dayton Society of Artists

The Arts Alliance

Ohio Art League

Portfolio

"Art is like therapy; what comes up is what comes up."
~Nick Bantock

These ORIGINAL paintings are all available for sale. Click to see more.
Contact me for pricing.

RedDot

"Art is an adventure into an unknown world,
which can be explored only by those willing to take risks."
~Mark Rothko

These paintings are now in individual and corporate collections across the USA.
If you like anything here, ask me about commissions.

Exhibits

"Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing.
Making your unknown known is the important thing."
~Georgia O'Keeffe

2018

Sharonville Cultural Arts Centre, Landscape: Imagined or Illustrated, invited show

Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati, 125th Annual Juried Art Exhibition

Sharonville Cultural Arts Centre, Coming Together: Art, Family and Friends, invited show

Evendale Cultural Arts Center, Annual Juried Fine Arts Exhibit

Wyoming Annual Juried Art Show

Columbus Arts Festival

Bridge Folk Arts & Music Festival

Market Bleu, Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati

Gallery 708, Emergence: Coming Into View

Milford Art Affaire

Hyde Park Juried Art Show

Art Design Consultants, Art Comes Alive

Eisele Gallery,The Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati: Painters Past and Present

Fitton Center, Twilight

Sharonville Cultural Arts Centre, Art North

2017

vIsIons, 2-person show with CreaRtive, Barcelona, Spain

Cincinnati Art Club, Spring Associate Show

Indian Hill Gallery, Spring Show

Fitton Center, Hamilton Current

Artsville Fundraiser, Cincinnati

Evendale Cultural Arts Center, Annual Juried Fine Arts Exhibit

Wyoming Annual Juried Art Show

Miami University, West Chester, OH Sanskriti

Summerfair, Cincinnati

Fountain Square Art Festival, Evanston, IL

AY Gallery, Cincinnati I Have a Tale

High Street Gallery, Dayton Society of Artists, Unconventional

Art on the Commons, Kettering, OH

Pop Revolution Gallery, Hamilton, OH

High Street Gallery, Dayton Society of Artists

Hyde Park Juried Art Show

Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati, All Member Show

Art Design Consultants, Cincinnati Art Comes Alive

High Street Gallery, Dayton Society of Artists, Small Works

Sharonville Cultural Arts Centre, Art North

Solo show, Cincinnati, OH, (I)ntrep(ID)

2016

Hyde Park Juried Art Show

Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati, Associate Member Show

Cincinnati Art Club, Fall Associate Show

The Dayton Visual Arts Center, Holiday Gallery

Bang & Olufsen Gallery, Cincinnati

Honors

"Great things are done by a series of small things brought together."
~Vincent van Gogh

2018
Interview + Artist Feature, Headache, National Headache Foundation

Interview + Artist Feature, Polly magazine

Interview with WLWT
Interview with Five-Dots

Best New Artist Award, Milford Art Affaire

Radio Interview, NPR, Columbus
Artist Feature, Thought Provokers, Voyage Chicago

Merit Award, Columbus Arts Festival

Outdoor Artist Award, Wyoming Art Show

Certificate of Artistic Excellence, OHIOana Library Association

2017

Purchase Award, The Diamond Headache Clinic, Chicago, IL

Honorable Mention, Art North

Artist Feature, Frames of Mind
Artist Feature, American Migraine Foundation

Honorable Mention, Hamilton Current

Galleries

"Art is not what you see,
but what you make others see."
~Edgar Degas

Contact

"Passion is the bridge that takes you
from pain to change."
~Frida Kahlo