Versatility and perfection are unlikely partners, but they were my tools as a professional graphic designer. Initially, I was taught to use grids to simplify the newspapers, books, and magazines I worked on. The logic and mathematics of a rectangle and parallel lines have always appealed to my sense of order. The number of vertical and horizontal lines or boxes and their placement is limitless. There can be balance in imbalance, as in the rule of threes. Tension, when uneven lines intersect, can result in visual harmony. Simplicity can be an incredible and wonderfully complex task. Limits, imbalance, tension, and complexity—challenges we all struggle with as humans—are some of the principles of my art.
Influences include Anni Albers, Sonia and Robert Delauney, Louise Nevelson, Henri Matisse, Lisa Kokin, Ekua Holmes, Rex Ray, and El Lissitzky.
I attended Pratt University’s Graduate Communications Design program in New York. Prior to that, I received a bachelor’s degree in journalism with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Portraying the rich interplay of words and text within a visual context summates my passion for graphic design, literature, and commercial communication throughout my career. I am comfortable in a range of media and my layouts, photos, and illustrations can be seen in magazines, websites, marketing campaigns, books, posters, videos, and ads. Currently, I am a full-time artist in Novato, CA specializing in printmaking, book art, and geometric abstraction/mixed media artwork.