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
Painting of a nude woman with a yellow floral pattern made of Australian flowers.
Oil on canvas
40" x 36"
2013
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

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.