Staker examines abstraction in her work through a compiled visual language of urban elements, geometric shapes, unusual color combinations, and pops of nature. She often employs the figure as a structural means when building a composition to introduce line, discover shape, and contain color. These paintings are animated fragments of modern life intertwined with vivid memories of the artist’s past usually struck by her color choices and the influences of nature. Transplanting to Chicago from a small town many years ago was exhilarating and overwhelming with the artist finding it easy to go out of balance. She sought help and recovery. Her work is now largely a translation of her contemplative interior with all its struggles and goodness, into an expression on canvas that is full of life and emotion sometimes messy and mostly beautiful.