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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. 

Solar Plexus Mandala 2015. Watercolor and pen on 12” x 12” paper.

Solar Plexus Mandala 2015. Watercolor and pen on 12” x 12” paper.

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.

Galactic 2019. Acrylic on 30” x 30” canvas.

Galactic 2019. Acrylic on 30” x 30” canvas.

Ostara 2 2017. Acrylic and resin on 10” x 10” cradled wood panel.

Ostara 2 2017. Acrylic and resin on 10” x 10” cradled wood panel.

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.