My work explores the transitory nature of memory and life stories. A longing to know the details of an oft-told family tale, or identify the author of an old letter, inspires my digging and delving. Aging aunts are interviewed; boxes long forgotten in attics are rediscovered; memories best forgotten are sometimes relived. The fragments of the story, pieced together with the ephemera of life create an incomplete picture, a patchwork of sorts. Elusive facts and proof must eventually defer to hazy recollection and embellishment.
I was raised in Central Massachusetts by my mother, an artist and art teacher, and my father, a college counsellor with a natural talent for storytelling. My interest in stories and the visual images they inspire was nurtured early by a constant supply of art materials, a magical neighbourhood in which to wander, and my father's storytelling at backyard camp outs. My siblings and I could frequently be found gathered at the kitchen table drawing and telling stories to each other.
Currently, when not digging around attics and probing family members and friends for their stories, I live in Portland, Oregon with my husband, Balaji, a native of India. After two fulfilling careers teaching learning disabled students and raising two active boys, I returned to school in 2007 to complete a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Painting and Drawing at the Oregon College of Art and Craft.