My career has been built in Art Publishing, which means I have created a lot of art and photography for designers around the world in the Interior Design, Hospitality and Home Decor trades. It has taught me a lot about how to work within certain parameters, including subject matter and color palettes. It has fueled an immediacy in my work that also allows me to work along the edges of those parameters. To push boundaries in both client expectations and media exploration. I love that problem solving aspect of Home Decor. It’s a moving target.
The exploration continues in my own personal work, albeit a bit more off-beat and sometimes darker. I am both an optimist and a cynic. My post-punk upbringing in the suburbs of D.C. in the 80’s fuel the DIY fire that allows me to be two things at once. It compels me to push the boundaries, to keep innovating and transforming while clinging to the pillars of aesthetics. I currently reside just outside Richmond, VA with my filmmaker husband, Jim Stramel. He is a horror director and I have enjoyed helping him create is alternate universe over the years.