In art and in life, I seem to be searching for ways to let the static experience of a single view give way to the ecstatic possibilities of the ephemeral. I like that art offers itself as a bridge between old knowledge and future possibilities and I try to engage on both a material and formal plane as I work on this bridge.  I use a variety of materials (paper, paint, found ephemera) as well as figurative and abstract imagery to explore ancient and timeless questions. Whether focusing on the interconnected nature of life, the ephemeral nature of conflict or the sacred in the everyday, I draw inspiration from the power of art’s silence and stillness to convey knowledge.

I spent the first half of my career working on environmental conservation projects and the natural world continues to inspire me as I look for ways to extend my understanding of our relationship to ourselves, to each other and to the word around us.  I have a degree in political philosophy and environmental conservation and I studied and continue to study art and art history in the U.S. and Italy. I am grateful to all of my teachers. 



Group Exhibitions

2016     Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Ten Artists Respond To Trisha Brown's Locus (Curated by Hope Mohr Dance)

Root Division Gallery, Introductions,  San Francisco, CA (Curated by Renny Pritikin, Contemporary Jewish Museum, Abby Chen, Chinese   Cultural Center, Clea Massiani, Bass & Reiner Gallery)

 2015   Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Annual Showcase, Novato, CA  (Curated by Nancy Meyer, LA Museum of Contemporary Art)

Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA, Bay Area Annual   (Curated by Cesar Garcia, The Mistake Room LA, CA & Naima J. Keith, Studio Museum, Harlem, NY)

              Oppland, Kunstsenter,, Lillehammer, Norway, Memory as a Creative Act  (Curated by Elise Schonhowd)

               Beford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA, Botanica, All Things Plant Life

2014        Hooloon, World Without End Series, Gallery, Philadelphia, PA                   

                Cannery Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Paraphrase: Work from the 2013 Hauberg Felllows,

2013        Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA,  Left Coast Annual  (Curated by Lucinda Barnes, Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive)

                 Hall Spassov Gallery, Landscapes, Seattle, WA

                 Artzone 461, Small Works, San Francisco, CA

2012        Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

                 Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA, 50 Works in 50 Days

 2011        Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Neither Here Nor There  (Curated by John Zarobell, SF MOMA & Emily Sano, SF Asian Art Museum)

2007        LF Contemporary Gallery, Palo Alto, CA.

                  Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2006        Epperson Gallery, Crockett, CA.

                  Hotel Des Arts, San Francisco, CA

2005        Gallery Route One, Point Reyes Station, CA

                  66 Balmy Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

                  Marin Arts Council Gallery, Novato, CA.

2004     Wendt Contemporary Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA.

                  Canvas Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

Solo & Two Person Exhibitions

2017        CounterPulse Gallery, San Francisco, CA.       

               Hall Spassov Gallery, New Constellation Series, Bellevue, WA

2016        Hall Spassov Gallery, Elegy Series, Bellevue, WA

2015        Gallerie Citi, Ablution Series I, Burlingame, CA

2014        Hall Spassov Gallery, Seattle, WA

2013        Toby’s Gallery, Pt. Reyes Station, CA

2012        Hall Spassov Gallery, Seattle, WA

2011        Morris Graves Museum of Art, Eureka, CA

2010     Hall Spassov Gallery, Seattle, WA

2009    Arc Gallery, Chicago, IL

            Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA


2014        Irena Frumkin, Perceptions and Impressions- A Group show at Hooloon Art, The Art Blog, 10/22/14.

2014        Sara Bernard, Interview with Artist & Zen Hospice Volunteer Tracy Grubbs, KQED Radio,  7/14/14

2010        Best Artists of San Francisco, 2010. SF Weekly Magazine, May 2010             

2009        Alan Bamberger, First Thursday Art Openings and Reviews,, 4/2/09


2014        Yosemite Renaissance Foundation Artist Residency, Wawona, CA

2013        Pilchuck School of Glass,  John H. Hauberg Fellowship and Artist Residency, Seattle, WA.

2012        Shotwell Dance Studio Residency in collaboration with Hope Mohr, San Francisco, CA.

2011        Venice Printmaking Studio, Artist Residency, Venice Italy.

2007        Morris Graves Foundation Artist Residency, Loleta, CA, 2007



2015        The Geography of Hope: Women and The Land, Toby’s Gallery, Point Reyes Station, CA


Public Engagement/ Teaching

2016- present     SF MOMA, Museum Guide 

2014                     San Francisco Art Institute, Guest lecturer with Hope Mohr

2010-2015            Zen Hospice Project,  Facilitator & Trainer


Board Affiliations  

2016- present     Hope Mohr Dance, Board Member

2012- present       Bay Nature Magazine, Board Member

2012- 2015            Headlands Center for the Arts, Audience Development Committee



Ongoing                 International Contemporary Artist Workshops with Claire Gravonsky and Rose Shakinovsky, Florence, Italy.

2001-2004               SF Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

                                 Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA

1986                          St. Lawrence University, B.A. with Honors in Environmental Studies and Political Philosophy