"I am currently an Artist-in-Residence (AIR) at Children's Hospital Oakland where I facilitate group and bedside art making with patients and families. I encourage the exploration of a wide range of media but draw heavily on my studio practice as an abstract painter, frequently introducing program participants to both hard edge and gestural abstract painting. Throughout the years the act of painting has given me not only a conceptual and emotional outlet, but a certain kind of solace found in intense focus – some might call it meditative or being "in the zone". That's an aspect of creation I strive to share in my AIR work. In an increasingly fast-paced, wired world it's been harder for me to cultivate that state of focus. As I researched and experimented with various alternative painting tools such as squeegees, altered brushes and templates in hopes that they would create easier entry points for patients who were tired or already decided they weren't "good" at art, I was surprised to discover they create easier entry points for me into my work, creating a structure that facilitated the deep focus that had been missing. The Reclamation series celebrates my reunion with that deep focus and having fun again with color, while the Key Mandalas were inspired in part by the 10 keys I carry as a hospital AIR."