PORTFOLIO > Patternwork 2008-14

Portrait of a woman with a mohawk in front of a geometric pattern.
Oil on canvas
16" x 16"
2014
Painting of nude women with a blue and yellow pattern.
Oil on canvas
40" x 36"
2014
Watercolor painting of nude lesbians with a fire ant pattern.
Watercolor on paper
30"x 22"
2014
Painting of a nude woman wearing a hat in front of a red pattern.
Oil on canvas
40" x 20"
August 2013
$1000
Painting of a nude woman with a yellow floral pattern made of Australian flowers.
Oil on canvas
40" x 36"
2013
$1000
Painting of a nude lesbian couple with a geometric plaid pattern.
Oil on canvas
24" x 30"
August 2013
Painting of a nude woman with a turquoise geometric pattern of stripes.
Oil on canvas
36" x 36"
2013
Painting of a nude lesbian couple with a geometric yellow and pink chevron pattern.
watercolor on paper
22"x 30"
2013
Painting of a nude woman with a geometric pattern made of small Australian landscapes.
Oil on Canvas
60" x 36"
2014
Painting of a nude woman with a polka-dot pattern wearing a fedora hat.
Oil on Canvas
18"x 24"
July 2012
Painting of a reclining nude woman with an intricate grey pattern.
Oil on Canvas
18"x 24"
June 2012
Watercolor painting of a nude lesbian woman wearing a hat and shorts.
watercolor on paper
15"x 22"
June 2012
Painting of a lesbian couple with a navy blue and yellow floral pattern.
Oil on Canvas
24"x 36"
August 2011
Painting of a nude woman with a yellow bunny rabbit pattern.
Oil on Canvas
24"x 30"
February 2011
Watercolor painting of a nude lesbian woman taking a shower.
Watercolor
18"x 24"
March 2011
Painting of a lesbian women with a grey and yellow geometric pattern.
Oil and acrylic on canvas
30"x 40"
July 2010
Painting of a nude red-head woman with tattoos in front of a floral vine pattern.
oil on fabric
24"x 48"
2009
Large painting of a red-head woman on a couch with a beige floral vine pattern.
oil and acrylic on canvas
40"x 60"
2008
Painting of a nude woman with a blue and red floral pattern.
oil and acrylic on canvas
48" x 72"
2008
Painting of two women with a dark green floral vine pattern and silhouette.
Oil on canvas
36" x 48"
September 2008
Painting of a nude woman with a geometric pattern of yellow and black stripes.
oil and acrylic on canvas
18"x 24"
November 2008
Transgender woman in black latex suit with a blue and black floral background
Oil and acrylic on canvas
40" x 30"
2016

Figurative paintings with ornate patterns.

Oil, acrylic, graphite, and ink on canvas. Gouache and watercolor on paper.

I create paintings of LGBTQ-identified and Queer-allied women, most recently focusing on my partner, dearest friends and those who have impacted my life in some way. My work explores the line between glorification, objectification and modification. I use patterns from each subject’s local and social environment as a subtle vernacular to portray the layers and complexities of identity.

Queer identities have varying aesthetics which metamorphose based on age, race, geography etc. I explore fluidly expanding identities in my global travels and depict certain aspects in my artwork. The bodies of queer-identified women in my paintings are evolving with their social environment.

In the nineties, shows such as “All But the Obvious” and “Gender, Fucked” re-discovered gender and negotiated its borders. Donna Evans presented ‘sexual deviants’ in such a way that popular culture viewed them as unfeminine, aggressive, and unattractive as a result of their body hair, age, muscles etc. Unlike Evans, I depict a more sumptuous side of the Queer-feminine world in which women modify their bodies, take on various permutations of androgyny and are celebrated for it.

I have come to focus on painting as a medium because of its primarily masculine history in the western art canon. By entering into the modernist painting field I plan to continue to destabilize gender borders just as LGBTQ artists have been doing since the 70’s and earlier. In the future, I see my artwork marking a sexually fluid presence and stimulating dialogue in both the feminist and mainstream art worlds.