I am interested in building, through a series of paintings, a fictional narrative with connections to history as well as to the present. It's like I'm illustrating a novel that doesn't exist. If it did, it would probably be a lot like Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, or Turn of the Screw- novels which function as social commentary as well as haunting epics of supernatural romanticism. I use the characters, settings, and tropes of the gothic novel because I am interested in it's historical role as a way to interrogate social norms, especially for women.
I grew up moving all over the California bay area. I moved to Oakland to attend the California College of the Arts, where I received my BFA in 2002 and my MFA in 2008. I live and work in San Francisco, CA, am a lecturer in the art department at UC Santa Cruz, and am represented by the Rena Bransten Gallery.