I am an artist, teacher and cultural activist. My creative activism takes the form of public art to
celebrate and honor nature and to raise awareness about our essential oneness with all living things.
Experiences living in China for ten years and traveling throughout SE Asia gave me a broad perspective of art and culture and have had a great influence on my art and teaching. Influences include Buddhist philosophy, Christianity and other spiritual practices, a strong connection with nature from an early age, and being a mother. Artists I have studied with are Miriam Beerman, Omiros Hriso and Yao Luqi and all have influenced my work.
As I realize the critical state of our natural environment, extinction of species and society’s disconnect from nature I have chosen to advocate for bees and trees as symbols of nature and interconnection. In 2014, I organized BEE-In NYC, a public art festival with music, performance and education to celebrate the sacred bees. BEE-In NYC was held in Bowling Green Park Manhattan in conjunction with the People’s Climate March and featured Rev Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir’s ‘Honeybeelujah’, hip hop artist Xiuhtezcatl from Earth Guardians and other performers.
I am creating a series of ‘Bee Shrines’ utilizing assemblage and ceremony designed to honor and celebrate honey bees and other pollinators. The Bee Shrines often involve public interaction and ceremony and have been exhibited at Bergen Community College in NJ, Big Boss Brewery in Raleigh NC at an event benefiting Apiopolis and other venues.
Other projects include Treeple photography series, Mother Tree Mapping and sculpture with natural and found objects. My paintings – landscape, still life, portrait and non-objective work – represent my interests and inspiration in the moment.
I am now living on the Procter Farm in Wendell, NC working in a barn studio to reconnect with nature and create an artists’ retreat for people to create (visual arts/music/writing/meditation) and collaborate in this beautiful natural setting. I am working with TreeSisters’ Heartwood Volunteer Team and as Director of Outreach with New York Bee Sanctuary. Beekeeping is my latest adventure!
The Procter Farm, also called Aspen Grove, has been in our family since the 1780’s when Benjamin Marriott and his wife, Aley Terrell Marriott, came to NC from Sussex County, VA. The farm is meaningful as it has been my favorite place to be in nature during my early years and also on visits with my own children for picnics, walks and reunions. My life journey has taken me around the world and now full circle back to the farm 15 miles from Raleigh. I am blessed to be a mother of three wonderful sons and two wonderful daughters-in-law.
I received a MFA in Painting from William Paterson University in New Jersey in 2009, graduated from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BA in English and attended Central Art Academy in Beijing. Artists I have studied with, Miriam Beerman, Omiros Hriso and Yao Luqi, have also influenced my work. Since 2008 I have taught Painting, Drawing, 2-D Design and Art Appreciation at Bergen Community College and Passaic County Community College in New Jersey. My mantra is ‘art is life’ and I encourage my students to find their passion and unique creative expression. Four of my large scale paintings were purchased by University Galleries at William Paterson University and are exhibited now in the President’s home; other works are in private collections.