Hi, there! I am a science-y artist & creative scientist lucky enough to be born into a science-y & creative family. I have been sewing, crafting, & building anything I could get my hands on (legos, Barbie houses, IKEA furniture, lab equipment, you name it) since I was a child, and finally started painting in my 30's.
Many people come to coloring, drawing, or painting mandalas at times of transition in their lives & I was no different. I'd left the lab and was not fully a scientist anymore, but I had not yet settled into my teaching career. I was in a transitional period that lasted for over three years. In drawing and painting mandalas I integrated disparate parts of my self and learned to trust myself more fully every day. I even wrote my master's thesis on using a daily mandala practice to connect with one's inner intuitive self.
After creating so many mandalas for so long, I felt compelled to paint outside of the circle & began to paint intuitive abstracts. The layers of acrylic paint often follow a similar pattern & mimic my personal developmental stages, thus my intuitive paintings can be considered abstracted self-portaits (not so different from my mandalas). I hope you see some of yourself in them as well, as I am inspired to paint the universality of the development of a true Self over a lifetime.
I approach my paintings with the same curiosity and passion that drove me to pursue complex neuroscientific questions. This has led to using a variety of mediums & substrates to create interesting, colorful paintings. I mostly work in acrylic, but also create mixed media works, involving multiple acrylic mediums as well as resin. I work with a variety of substrates, including paper, canvas, wood panels, and silk. My process is intuitive, choosing the medium I feel called to work with that day, along with the colors and marks.