Colors, forms, and movement from the natural world inspire my paintings, merging boundaries between representation and abstraction. My background in geology and microbiology filled my mind with images from both the landscape scale and the microscopic scale. I want to engage the viewer with ambiguity and changes in perspective.


Over the past few years I painted a series of closeup portraits of animals, using watercolor, gouache and ink on bristol board. I developed a fascination with the way that color and extreme magnification could turn a realistic photographic drawing into something that might initially look like a landscape or abstract painting, but with a change in perspective could click into a recognizable animal.

Between 1980 and 2004, my early watercolor and mixed media paintings evolved from landscapes to non-representational expressionistic images with suggestions of animal figures and faces. After taking a biological illustration course in 2004, I found myself unable to work in the non-representation mode, so would place realistic figures into a more abstract background.

The recent series entitled "Close Encounters" uses a more integrative approach to combining abstraction and realism.



Art Education

MFA, Digital Arts and New Media, University of California, Santa Cruz,CA 2008
(MFA Thesis Website: http://danm.ucsc.edu/web/bcox/thesisproject)

Exhibitions and Performances

2014 Emily's Cafe, Santa Cruz, CA Exhibit of Animal Paintings

2011 Close Encounters Digital Slideshow, Second Friday, October, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, CA

2011 Close Encounters, Painting Exhibition of 22 animal paintings in watercolor, ink and gouache, Siemens Exhibit Space, Los Altos Hills, CA

2009 Everyone We Know is Related, Sketchbook Project, Arthouse Coop, Atlanta,
Georgia, and 2 other projects

2008 Becoming Bird, Bureau of Disruptions: Digital Arts and New Media MFA Exhibit

2005 “Reflections of Poverty in Santa Barbara County”: painting chosen for traveling exhibition

2004 “Biological Illustrations” exhibit at the Santa Barbara Natural History Museum,
exhibited two paintings; also exhibited at Step One Art Gallery, Carpenteria, CA

Professional Affiliations

Santa Cruz Art League