My first show was with the San Francisco gallery, Braunstein-Quay, in 1991. Since relocating to Austin, Texas in 1994, I have exhibited my work at numerous venues including the Robert McClain Gallery in Houston, The Dallas Contemporary and the MAC, Women & Their Work, Texas State University in San Marcos, D Berman Gallery in Austin, and most recently, D. M. Allison Gallery in Houston.
In the 1970’s and early 80’s I danced with the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company and the Joe Goode Performance Group, both based in San Francisco. Before coming to San Francisco, I received a B.A. and M.A. in dance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Much of my approach to painting is founded on the experiences that I absorbed as a dancer. The ideas of Merc Cunningham, John Cage, and other Black Mountain graduates figured prominently in the artistic milieu of San Francisco in the 1970’s.
The transition from dance to painting as my primary professional focus began in my mid-thirties, a pivotal age for all athletes. During my years in dance, I savored my off-hours as a visual artist. To this day, they both occupy my creative imagination and practice. Nevertheless, I found myself drawn to a future of greater independence and flexibility that the painting life offered---to say nothing of the rewards of creating work that one can live with day by day. The forces at work on the dancing body still adhere in my painting.