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.
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, ArtBusiness.com, 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
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