Where are you from originally?
I’m a Masshole through and through. Born in Concord MA, I lived half my young life in Billerica (Ricca Kehd) then half in Westford. I went to college in Tucson AZ, and couldn’t fly home fast enough after 5 years to my East Coast family. I’m too fiery and fast-paced to exist out west or anywhere in-between. I do love love love the beauty, harshness, and stillness of the desert though, and make sure I visit frequently.
Where do you live now?
Salem, MA… Witch City… aka the best place to live in MA. Heh heh. Really though, it’s a wonderful community full of artists, musicians, creepies, crazies, and witches! There is also soooo much to do socially, and it’s affordable to live here (esp compared to the insane real estate prices of Boston these days). Plus you have like 100 beaches within a 20 min drive/ride! My husband and I bought a house here with a giant music space in the basement and adopted a derpy loving greyhound named Crypsie (#crypsiewreckler) in 2012 and haven’t looked back.
What first got you into art?
Being born, I think? I’ve been making art since as long as I can remember. My Mom is an artist and my Dad was a musician, so the creative blood flows through me. I remember going with my Mom to all her plein air painting trips with my little kiddo paint set in tow trying my hardest to make my piece look as amazing as hers.
How would you describe your style?
I have messed around with soooo many styles and media over the years it’s crazy. In school I did a lot of super hyper-realistic charcoal and graphite drawings as well as really meticulous pen and ink (stippling and cross-hatching for hours on end). I played around with paints too, but I never really connected with the looseness of any paint medium. I also did a lot of screen printing and 3D art with fabrics and clay and metal sculpture.
Then I was a professional graphic artist for about 10 years so digital design took over my life. Once I made the move into brand and marketing by day, I needed to keep the creative juices flowing so I ended up settling heavy into fairly detailed (I’m slightly less OCD than I used to be haha) pen and ink illustration with lots of digital texturing and coloring. I found a niche (that pays) in doing pet portraits, then I keep my personal work on the creepy macabre side of life. I also still do graphic design work on the side quite a bit.
What inspires you? Have any artists in particular been an influence on you?
Like my personal style, my artistic inspiration is all over the map too. My mom is #1, of course, and my good friend Jac Lahav is an amazing painter and mixed media artist out of Brooklyn, NY and Lyme, CT whose work is mind-blowing!
But mostly I tend to admire artists that do something so insanely detailed that I know I could never pull off, although I try. I also love slightly looser, really visceral and bold art. A few of my faves are (in no particular order): Alfonse Mucha, Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, David Christiana, Derek Hess, John Dyer Baizley, Paula Scher, Ralph Steadman, Robert Crumb, Stephen Gammell, Dave McKean, Georgia O’Keefe, oh I could go on……
What do you do when you’re not making art?
Too many things. My head is always on the verge of exploding, but I don’t think I can live any other way. I will let Hunter S Thompson put it into context for you: “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!”
That said, the key things I spend my time on now are: creating art, jewelry, and essential oil products with The Chaos Factor, drumming and kicking ass with Petty Morals (and whatever various musical side project I’m on at any given time), lifting heavy weights with my sexy husband, doing yoga with my awesome pal Chrissy of Rebel Yell Yoga, riding moto and non-moto bikes, hiking, camping, BBQing, partying, punching, climbing, yelling and other generally loud crazy monkey-type things.
When did you first hear about Babes Ride Out?
I believe the first I heard of it was the Joshua Tree event in 2015? I’ve had my license since 2013 but didn’t have the time or money to buy a bike until Feb 2016. I wanted to get a solid season of riding under my belt before riding with a huge group to an event, so I missed the debut East Coast event in 2016. I didn’t really have the time or interest to go all the way across the country that October, so BRO East Coast II last year was my first event and OMG I AM IN LOVE. :)
It was really the best time ever, and such camaraderie with so many amazingly nice and interesting women in the most BEAUTIFUL setting. I tend to hang more with dudes, and don’t do well in huge crowds, but that event just transcended both inhibitions. Can’t WAIT for this June!
Do you ride? If so, what do you ride?
My first bike, and my current steed, is a 1999 Honda Shadow and her name is Red Rocket. I’m getting an amazing custom tank paint job from Adam O’Day this winter and I CANNOT WAIT to show her off this spring! Currently, my two dream bikes are the Indian Scout Bobber and the Triumph Speedmaster. We will see where my finances are at when my old lady dies (if she ever does… she’s a trooper!).
What is your connection to the motorcycle community?
Locally (as in, on the North Shore of MA), we have a great coed group of awesome responsible and fun as shit people to ride with, so there is never a day in the good weather months where you can’t find at least a small crew to rip up the coast or soar through the farmlands with. We are very lucky. Having a husband who rides is also key as I would probably never see him for half the year if we weren’t spending time on our bikes together… plus wrenching on our Hondas in the shed is a good way to pass the rainy at-home hours.
As far as the local ladies who ride, let me just say “wow”... I am so glad I found the great friends that I have in the Boston Moto Babes. The crew keeps growing, and everyone is so sweet (but don’t think they won’t cut you!). We also set up winter-time hangouts too to keep the momentum going all year! Love these ladies!