In a descriptive collision of the rural and suburban my paintings are anecdotes and abstractions of personal experience and autobiography. Imaging an un-imaged world as a way to experience community, grapple with loss, overcome fear and grovel in appreciation for the outdoors. Objects such as wood stoves, sleeping bags, ice chests and tarps function as icons for memories of place as well as orators of history of use. My perspective is that of an outsider. These works interrogate how one’s attention is regulated and how that generates intelligible memories. What makes Alaska interesting is that for most people it is almost entirely imaginary in the first place. By investigating the real vs. the constructed my work creates a symbolic way of looking at the natural world. For a California girl raised in Orange County rural activities will always bee odd, mesmerizing, humorous, challenging, endearing, tragic, and uplifting.