Always Swimming Upstream — Being an Artist in a Chaotic World

Just an interdisciplinary artist exploring the world and thinking strange thoughts…

Life as an Interdisciplinary Artist

I am fascinated by the world around me. There are far too many things to learn, too many books to read, too many people to talk to and too much art to make for a single lifetime… let’s hope we all get more than one go-round!

I carry a sketchbook with me everywhere. I’d rather dance than just about anything. I lean left. And closest I can tell, I’m a Humanist. Or maybe Buddhist… or maybe…

Justice and mercy weigh equally in my heart – a delicate, unquiet balance that keeps me on my toes.

My mother taught me to sew when I was 4. My dad taught me to use powertools when I was 6.

As an interdisciplinary artist I examine possibilities. I study the connections between art and life, context and concept, inspiration and artifact, design and message. I weave together my understandings, experiences and involvements into a fabric for my artwork. I spin the threads of my ever-changing awareness of ecology, history, sociology, archeology, anthropology, earth science, gender & feminism, transcendence, music, science fiction, politics, mass media, workplace milieu and domestic life into rich material for art and design.

All artwork and photographs are my own unless otherwise noted.

Visual Art

As a visual artist I have a diverse practice. I create mosaics using glass, ceramic and porcelain tile as well as recycled broken pottery, river pebbles and found objects. I paint with encaustic paints, making some of my own paint with the beeswax from my partner’s beehives. I create sculptural art and functional pieces in traditional and non-traditional ways.


I have worked to bring my artistic life – my practice as a visual artist – into balance with my professional life as a digital media designer and director of web communication at a small, liberal arts university. When I work on design projects my goal is to deliver work that meets the needs of the client, and their audience, that incorporates good design principles.

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