"Animals resonate with my core, and I am impressed upon by them - by their presence, their appearance,
their mystery and message. Like attracting like. Throughout all of recorded time, humans have depicted animals in their art. They help us relate to our world, often acting as intermediaries between the civilized
and the wild, between the known and the mysterious. Animals are a link to the sacredness of all that is. Humans are endless noise makers. We talk on and on without listening. Really listening. Animals listen.
They watch. They see and hear everything. They carry this wisdom of seeing and hearing within them. They embody it. This is a most magical and alluring quality to me. To observe it is like a portal into another world - another way of being. Quieter. So very alive, aware, and full of wonder. We can learn from the animals if we pay attention. Life can be endlessly magical, if we pay attention. I am here to learn from the creatures, and to allow others to see what I see by attempting to recreate these exquisite moments of transcendent awareness and wonder through my paintings."
Born: 1968, Wyoming Resides: Santa Fe, NM EDUCATION: 2000 BFA, Metropolitan State College of Denver (MSCD), Denver, CO 1991 AA, Colorado Institute of Art, Denver, CO PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 2016 Full time professional artist 2012-2015 Gallery Director/Artist, Tom Ross Gallery, Santa Fe, NM 2011-2012 Nine month backpacking odyssey of entire Appalachian Trail, GA to ME 2005-2011 Gallery Manager/Artist, Gathering Tribes Gallery, Berkeley, CA 1998-2005 Gallery Director/Artist, West Southwest Gallery, Denver, CO 2004 Resident Artist, The Assembly, Denver, CO 2002-2003 Adjunct Faculty Drawing Instructor, MSCD, Denver, CO 2000 Art and Drawing Instructor, Arvada Center for the Arts, Arvada, CO EXHIBITIONS: 2016 Sacred Creatures/Places: From Santa Fe with Love, Watson Macrae Gallery, FL 2015 Onward!, Group Show, Tom Ross Gallery, Santa Fe, NM 2013 Rebecca Haines Solo Show, Jones Walker Gallery, Dallas, TX 2012 Creatures, Zip 37 Gallery, Denver, CO Humanimals and Such, Harrington Gallery, Firehouse Arts Center, Pleasanton, CA 2011 Ladder Up!, McFaddenWright Studio Gallery, Denver, CO 2010-2011 ProArts Juried Annual, Oakland, CA 2009 Animystic, Barbara Anderson Gallery, Berkeley, CA 2008 Napa Valley Town and Country, (Best of Show), Napa, CA 2007 Deer Tracks, Barbara Anderson Gallery, Berkeley, CA Head Trip, Barbara Anderson Gallery, Berkeley, CA Marin County, (First Place oil painting fine art division), San Rafael, CA ProArts East Bay Open Studios, Berkeley, CA 2006 ProArts East Bay Open Studios, Berkeley, CA 2004 American Women Artists Biennial, McLarry/Meyer Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM Of Me and MIne, The Assembly, Denver, CO Members Exhibition, The Assembly, Denver, CO 2003 Safety Zone: A Collaboration, Edge Gallery, Denver, CO Metro State Faculty Exhibition 2003, MSCD Center for the Visual Arts, Denver, CO 2002 Rocky Mountain Biennial 2002, Museum of Contemporary Art, Fort Collins, CO Self-Portraits, CORE New Art Space, Denver, CO Transitional Space: A Container, CORE New Art Space, Denver, CO Side by Side: Craig Marshall Smith and 12 Friends, Fresh Art Gallery, Denver, CO Works on Wood II, CORE New Art Space, Denver, CO Metro State Faculty Exhibition 2002, Emmanuel Gallery, Denver, CO 2001 Works on Wood, Adobe Creek Arts Center, Kittredge, CO Honors Thesis Exhibition, MSCD Center for the Visual Arts, Denver, CO 2000 BFA Thesis Exhibition, MSCD, Denver, CO