I began serious pursuit of the visual arts after moving to New Mexico in 2007, when I began drawing and depicting realistic form in still life, florals and architecture. As my interest in color grew, I added watercolor and acrylic to my repertoire. But a workshop in abstract painting techniques is where I discovered my true vehicle for creative expression. Working intuitively, I layer gesso, acrylic paint and texture to activate the painting’s surface. Line, color, and marking define shapes and structure. My latest work employs metal fabrication, in which I create jewelry and hair accessories through soldering, hammering, and patinas.