My artwork has evolved over three decades 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 the surface, and sculpt and sand it before adding paint. I use a variety of elements such as dried paint and found objects to create additional texture. I like to work quickly and get a lot of paint on the canvas at once, using an array of implements, brushes and my hands to move it around.
The overarching intention for my artwork is to create a respite from the challenges and stresses of modern life by reminding viewers of their interconnection with the natural world, cycles of time, and with each other, through 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.
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.
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 4th 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 Riley.
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