I live in North Lake Tahoe where the stunning natural environment influences and often guides my expression. Although ceramic sculpture was my emphasis while receiving my degree in Fine Arts from Sonoma State University in 1995, I have explored many materials including silk painting, oil pastels, and designing light fixtures of reclaimed wood, steel and willows. A few years ago, I began to imagine painting on old wood. When I shared this vision with my friend, who replaces and builds piers on Lake Tahoe, he offered to bring me the next one he removed. The deconstruction began on a 70 foot pier in August of 2014. Not only did the physical labor of prying the wood apart provide me with a beautiful stack of reclaimed cedar, the process pried open memories of stories my father told me of building piers on Tahoe in the 1950’s. Once the painting began, I didn’t paint the ideas that had been patiently waiting in my head, rather I found myself giving voice to the spirit of the wood and its story. I had no idea I would be painting loose waterscapes or the view of the rocks beneath the pier. My vertical series often pay homage to both the trees as they once stood in the forest before becoming a pier, along with more recent reflections of the granite walls under moonlight. I enjoy the collaboration with wood and paint and that unexplainable force that pushes creativity wide open leading to my distillation of the subtle natural world around me from the ever changing texture of the water to the seasonal palate of colors that wash the meadows with new growth and then erase it in snow again.