My artwork has evolved over 30+ years to include rich textures and a
delicious color palette of sixteen liquid acrylics that allows me to
explore abstracts, landscapes and portraits alike.
I typically begin by
creating texture on the canvas using a thick lightweight acrylic paste
that allows me to build up any type of surface, and sculpt and sand it
before adding paint. I use a variety of cooking implements like baking
spatulas and wooden spoons, as well as dried up paint to create
additional texture. I like to work quickly and get a lot of paint on the
canvas at once, sometimes using my hands to move it around.
My paintings reveal a personal reflection of my interests and experiences over time. My intention is to draw the viewer into an experience of their own memories, thoughts, feelings and hopes and dreams.
I have a
Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art and a Master’s in Art Therapy and
Counseling Psychology, as well as a lifelong interest in and exploration
of worldwide, universal spiritual studies and a meditative practice
that guides and informs my art making. My artwork is in collections in
the US, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Austria and the UK.
I work from my studio in Denver CO where I share a creative life with my husband Craig Rouse and
our Studio Dog Riley.
Although I took art classes in high
school and in college and got some experience with techniques and
practice with different modalities, I didn't realize a true level of
creativity until I was on my own after college. My breakthrough project
that I assigned myself was a series of six masks based on Greek gods and
goddesses. The foundation I used was heavy formed cardboard packing
material from electronics shipping crates. For the first time I gave
myself the freedom to really push the edge of my creativity and do
whatever it took to create these masks the way I envisioned them. I
allowed myself to cut and attach and rearrange and used every kind of
Since then my work and creativity has progressed steadily. There have been two additionally significant breakthroughs. One was the opportunity to show my work on an annual basis in group shows with my spiritual community. The other was observing my fellow students at Naropa University while they pursued their art-making with abandon. These two opened the door for me to really let go and get creative. They also led me to a way of accessing the intuitive images I now portray. I look forward to growing and deepening my art for the next half of my life.
My formal education includes a BFA from Colorado State University in Graphic Design and Ceramics, and a MA in Counseling Psychology and Art Therapy from the Naropa University. Additionally, I have a wide variety of training and certificates in business management, healing arts, marketing, spiritual arts and public speaking and training. I'm on a long and winding path less traveled.
I'm a 3rd generation native of Denver Colorado. My great-grandfather was an artist and sign painter in Denver. And I live happily here with my husband Craig (an amazing graphic designer and artist www.rdesignllc.com) and our dog Lucas (who just died Feb 4, 2011, at age 15).
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