Artist Statement Submitted 2019
For almost a decade, the collision of nature and the built environment—particularly the threat to native habitats presented by rampant development—has been at the core of my work. After my husband’s death in a February 2017 bicycle accident, my work was consumed with personal loss. In 2018, fires broke out in many of my paintings. Initially done in response to the increasingly deadly fires in the West, they also acknowledge complex, often contradictory responses to an array of ideas and states, ranging from anger over political corruption and incompetence to revering the purifying nature of fire. I now endeavor to bring habitat loss and personal loss together in a single body of work.
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