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coming to the paint

Before I could tie my own shoes, I played a small accordion. I studied piano, saxophone, then jazz and music theory at a Maryland public high school. In college, I studied theater performance, learning new forms of materializing sounds in transitory space. I acted, directed, and wrote poetry and plays. After graduation I distilled my writing further, in search of the precise moments of emotion and of contact. Not narrating the beginnings and ends, but middles; the being in the middle of things.

Years spent living up and down the mid-Atlantic coast (Baltimore, MD; Rehoboth Beach, DE; Brooklyn + New York, NY; Washington, DC; Durham, NC) had me drawing on big paper and literally taking the words apart. Disintegrating the shapes of the words into lines, circles, squares and color. Seeing music, hearing words, somehow marking sound in charcoal, ink, pencil, and then: paint.

About the Work

Since 2000, I've worked almost exclusively on hand-stretched canvases, using an animated range of shapes, lines, and color to create large, sometimes multi- paneled works on canvas, and smaller works on canvas and paper. From my studio in Portland, OR, I partner with gallerists, design professionals, art agents, and private collectors to place my paintings nationwide.

Projects, Exhibits, and Community Events

FEATURED PROJECTS
Residential Commission. Portland, OR
colloquy. Work on canvas, 52" x 132" (diptych; 52" x 80" and 52" x 52" each). Featured in Luxe Interiors + Design Magazine. Pacific Northwest Edition. Summer 2013. See images.

Residential Commission. San Francisco, CA
beyond lucky, we are beholden. Work on canvas, 58" x 94". See images.

Commercial Commission. Cedar Rapids, IA
we find ourselves in league (good things ahead). Work on canvas, 50" x 132". See images.

Residential Commission. Cedar Rapids, IA
seed 1-6. Work on canvas, 60" x 372" (Six-piece series, 60" x 120"; 60" x 84"; 60" x60"; three 60" x 36" each). See images.


SELECTED COLLECTIONS
Paintings on canvas and works on paper held in commercial, residential, and museum collections including those in Boston, MA; Brooklyn, NY; Philadelphia, PA; Baltimore, MD; Lewes, DE; Washington, DC; Durham, NC; Atlanta, GA; Chicago, IL; Northfield, MN; Cedar Rapids, IA; Grinnell, IA; Des Moines, IA; Omaha, NE; Baton Rouge, LA; Denver, CO; Boise, ID; Anchorage, AK; Portland, OR; San Francisco, CA; Oakland, CA; Los Angeles, CA; and

Kaiser Permanente Beaverton Medical Office. Portland, OR
Bluebird Real Estate. Portland, OR
Oregon Reproductive Medicine Clinic. Portland, OR
United Fire Group. Los Angeles, CA
Cedar Rapids Museum of Art. Cedar Rapids, IA
Raven Industries. Sioux Falls, SD
Raining Rose, Inc. Cedar Rapids, IA
United Fire Group. Cedar Rapids, IA
TD Ameritrade Headquarters. Omaha, NE
Performance Health Technology. Salem, OR
Kaiser Westside Medical Center. Hillsboro, OR
Creative Entertainment Management. Portland, OR
Aviva Life Insurance Co. Des Moines, IA
Smarsh, Inc. Portland, OR
Wellmark Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Iowa and South Dakota, HQ. Des Moines, IA
Mirabella Portland, South Waterfront. Portland, OR
Mercy Medical Center - West Lakes. Des Moines, IA
Marshalltown Public Library. Marshalltown, IA
Mercy Cancer Center - West Lakes. Clive, IA
Casey Eye Institute. Office of Dev. Oregon Health & Science University. Portland, OR
The Eleanor Building. Durham, NC
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science. Duke University. Durham, NC


EXHIBITIONS
upcoming. New Works. Luke's Frame Shop. 2017. Portland, OR (solo)
upcoming. New Works. Gilded Pear Gallery. 2017. Cedar Rapids, IA (solo)
upcoming. New Works. Coe College Fine Art Gallery. 2017. Cedar Rapids, IA
Abstract Show. 2016. Anne Irwin Fine Art. Atlanta, GA
open [sketch]book. pushdot studio. 2016. Portland, OR (solo)
West Coast Roots. 2016. Anne Irwin Fine Art. Atlanta, GA
The Recycled Rain Project Show. 2016. Portland, OR
New Works on Paper 2016. Moore Art Project. Portland, OR (solo)
NW Artists Show. 2016. Anne Irwin Fine Art. Atlanta, GA
Large Works Winter Show. 2016. Moberg Gallery. Des Moines, IA
New Works. 2015. FW Gallery. Baton Rouge, LA
The Recycled Rain Project Show. 2015. Portland, OR
Sketch: New Works on Paper. 2015. Luke's Frame Shop. Portland, OR (solo)
Large Works Group Show. 2015. Featured. Moberg Gallery. Des Moines, IA
Back Gallery Group Show. 2014. Featured. Moberg Gallery. Des Moines, IA
The Paper Show. 2014. Moberg Gallery. Des Moines, IA
Siren Nation Festival Art Show: Paint Your Art Out. 2014. Portland, OR
Everything is a Love Letter: New Works. 2014. Gilded Pear Gallery. Cedar Rapids, IA (solo)
The Recycled Rain Project Show. 2014. Featured Artist. Portland, OR
The Daily Palette. 2013. University of Iowa. Iowa City, IA
The Big Oh! May 2013. Resonance Ensemble Concert Series. Portland, OR (commission)
New Works. Apr 2013. Coffeehouse Northwest. Portland, OR (solo)
24 Preludes & Fugues for Painters. Mar 2013. Shostakovich Music Moderne Series.
10 Year Anniversary Exhibit. 2012. Moberg Gallery. Des Moines, IA
yes you yes. September 2012. Gallery 135. Portland, OR (solo)
Reimagining Image. 2011. pushdot studio. Portland, OR (solo)
"...come Spring." 2011. Luke's Frame Shop. Portland, OR (solo)
Thérèse Murdza: Small Works. 2011. Relish Design. Portland, OR (solo)
Music and Memory. 2011. Resonance Ensemble Concert Series. Portland, OR (solo)
New Works. 2010. ArtWorks + Brewhouse Studio. Portland, OR (solo)
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt. 2009. Heidi McBride Gallery Install. Portland, OR (solo)
New Artists. 2009. Moberg Gallery. Des Moines, IA
Works on Paper. 2009. Moberg Gallery. Des Moines, IA
Do North. 2008. Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center. Portland, OR
Fall Show. 2006. CornerHouse Gallery. Cedar Rapids, IA
Iowa Series II. 2005. Grinnell Community Art Gallery. Grinnell, IA (solo)
The Daily Palette. 2004. University of Iowa. Iowa City, IA
Iowa Series I. 2001. Grinnell Community Art Gallery. Grinnell, IA (solo)
The Opening. 2001. Third Space Studio. Durham, NC (solo)


RELATED EXPERIENCE and COMMUNITY EVENTS

2017
  upcoming. Artist Residency. Coe College. Cedar Rapids, IA
2016
  upcoming. Artist Residency. Independent Study. Normandy, France
upcoming. Portland Open Studios Tour. Juried. Portland, OR
Portland Community Supported Art Project (PDX-CSA). Juried. Portland, OR
SE Portland ARTWalk. Portland, OR
2015
  Portland Open Studios Tour. Juried. Portland, OR
Portland Community Supported Art Project (PDX-CSA). Juried. Portland, OR
SE Portland ARTwalk. Portland, OR
2014
  Art of Life Benefit Show & Auction. Mercy Hospice. Des Moines, IA
Portland Open Studios Tour. Juried. Portland, OR
The Sketchbook Project. Arthouse Co-op/Brooklyn Art Library. Brooklyn, NY
SE Portland ARTwalk. Portland, OR
2013
  Portland Open Studios Tour. Juried. Portland, OR
Art of Life Benefit Show & Auction. Mercy Hospice. Des Moines, IA
Art of Independence Benefit Show & Auction. Candeo Foundation. Des Moines, IA
Artist, Organizer. June 7 Ford Building Open House Event. Portland, OR
Advisory Board. An Artist A Day. Fundraiser. Portland, OR
Organizer. Feb 1 Ford Building Open House Event. Portland, OR
2012
  ARTBLOX: Artists Helping Artists. Fundraiser. Mary Lou Zeek Gallery. Salem, OR
From the Ground Up. Launch Party & Auction. Fundraiser. Portland, OR
Portland Open Studios Tour. Juried. Portland, OR
Art of Life Benefit Show & Auction. Mercy Hospice. Des Moines, IA
The Sketchbook Project. Arthouse Co-op/Brooklyn Art Library. Brooklyn, NY
SE Portland Artwalk. Portland, OR
Organizer. Ford Building 2nd Floor Gallery Events. Portland, OR
2011
  Portland Open Studios Tour. Juried. Portland, OR
Organizer. Ford Building 2nd Floor Gallery Events. Portland, OR
Abernethy Art + Craft Show. Fundraiser. Juried. Portland, OR
Art of Life Benefit Show & Auction. Mercy Hospice. Des Moines, IA
Art Evening & Auction. Cascase AIDS Project. Juried. Portland, OR
An Artist A Day. Fundraiser. Juried. Muse Art + Design. Portland, OR
Board Member. Resonance Choral Ensemble. Portland, OR
Building Liaison. SE Portland Artwalk. Portland, OR
2010
  Art of Life Benefit Show & Auction. Mercy Hospice. Des Moines, IA
2009
  Art of Life Benefit Show & Auction. Mercy Hospice. Des Moines, IA
Artist-in-Residence, Teaching Assistant. Grinnell Art Factory Studios, Grinnell, IA
2007
Painting Teacher. Summer Arts Camp. Grinnell Art Factory, Grinnell, IA


SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
"Modern Moves" by Brian Libby. Photography by Lincoln Barbour. Design by Kim Hagstette, Maven Interiors. Artwork acquisition by Heidi McBride. Luxe Interiors + Design Magazine. Pacific Northwest Edition. Summer 2013. View PDF.

A Holstein. (2011, May 9). "Top Design Trends with Trisha Guido." At Home. Portland Monthly Magazine.

"An Open House" by Diane Daniel. From the series of articles "How to Live With Art". North Carolina Signature Magazine. Nov/Dec 2007. Features collectors Tema Okun and Tom Stern.

"CornerHouse Gallery features New Works by Favorite Artists." Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance. CulturalCorridor.Org. Sept 2006.

"Beyond Faulconer and Burling: Town's Unassuming Gallery Exhibits Much More Than Kids' Drawings" by Cid Standifer. The Scarlet & Black. 4 Nov 2005.

The Spiritual Activist: Practices to Transform Your Life, Your Work, and Your World. Claudia Horwitz. New York: Penguin USA, 2002. Interviewed for chapter "Mindfulness."

Exploring Realities: Stories of Young Women Making Decisions and Finding Meaning. Maura Wolf. Durham, NC: Stone Circles, 2000. Interviewed for chapter "Art, Education and Adventure."


EDUCATION
2008   Regional Arts and Culture Council. Mural Painting with Larry Kangas, Portland, OR
2003 ArtSchool at The ArtsCenter. Botanical Drawing with Luna Lee Ray, Carrboro, NC
2002 Durham Arts Council School. Life Drawing. Professor Cong Yuan, Durham, NC
1986 BSc, Towson University, Towson, MD
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