About

I have a daily art practice of landscape painting, sculpture making, illustration, or music.

Art started with my family, my mother and father, and both grandmothers were artists.

My study of art has been eclectic. I read the art histories in my high school library, then took one painting class in college. I interned at the Smithsonian Institutional Archives, working with a database of architectural history and daily visited the national museums.

At St John’s College, I studied William Blake. As a matter of happenstance, my own Blake-inspired oil paintings were exhibited at the Mitchell Gallery along side Blake illustrations. I work my senior thesis on Kandinsky’s On the Spiritual in Art.

I began landscape painting in rural Georgia. I held a year long fellowship managing a non-profit art gallery. We exhibited several professional plein air artists and hosted workshops.

When I moved to San Francisco, I encountered Shambhala Buddhism and Ikebana. I practiced Ikebana with Alice Tarkeshi for 4 years, during which I completed Shambhala Contemplatives Arts training. At the same time, I earned a MA in Psychology from CIIS, during which I explored social group contemplative creative experiences using sound, mandala, mask, and object arrangement. I applied these learnings through my Oakland based art gallery, The Asclepion.

Currently, I live and work at Karme Choling, Shambhala Meditation Center, in norther Vermont. I committed at least one year to working with Tsa-tsa practice (production of small plaster figurines) as a preliminary work for the community to build The Stupa That Conquers All Directions, a spiritual monument commemorating our teacher.