I’ve always had a passion for art! I was trained in fine arts and I graduated from Texas Tech University. In high school studio art, I won a national award for a portrait of a little boy looking up at a yellow ribbon on a tree (post 9/11). Part of my award package was to have said painting in the Congress building. Everyone in my little high school thought I was famous!
I now live in beautiful, woodsy Charlotte, North Carolina with my fiance and daughter, Annie + my bonus child, Zo (No pets, but I want one). I love thick, vibrant colors and gravitate toward acrylic over oil, as I’m too impatient for the fickle brushstrokes to form.
I started painting “for real” in 2012, after college, taking commissions from friends, and then their friends, and so on. Mostly abstractions, with a big influence from Helen Franklenthaler and also Claire Desjardins. Since then, I found my “voice”, I believe– by taking a feeling, a moment in time, that says “I wish I was here with you”. I also love traveling, hiking, being outside, and beaches — which is what inspired my Midsummer Beach Series! I still honor my yearning for the abstract by using the same pouring methods and bold colors.
My little studio is behind my house and I paint full time. I think it’s the best job in the world.
Who inspires me? I love Helen Frankenthaler’s pours of color and confidence and Rene Magritte’s imagination, Hopper’s sense of depth, Slim Aarons’ iconic photographs and Picasso’s form and composition.