Hi there! Thanks for stopping by. Here's a little bit about me. I am a self-taught artist based in Virginia. My focus is on both abstract and figurative paintings. As a mother of two, I divide my time between my creative practice and family by working out of my home studio on an easel and work bench that my husband custom built. My artwork explores an interest in flawed beauty and the human spirit, among other subjects.
I grew up in a community of artists in the Appalachian mountains where I learned at a young age to incorporate creativity into my everyday routine. Later in life, my travels in Indonesia, South America, and Europe impacted my love of art from around the world.
My own work draws from the simplicity of folk art while at the same time grappling with the complex nature of the spirit, which both illuminates and transcends culture. Faces and figures often allow me to navigate this subject best. I think of my paintings as an outward reflection of the intertwined relationship between the body and the soul. I am fascinated by the juxtaposition between a calm outward stare and the wilderness of thought and emotion within. The clean confidence we present to the world versus the beautifully complex struggle we contain. Likewise, I enjoy exploring the notion that our thoughts become things. I believe that whatever it is that we focus the most energy on is manifested. The things around us are a reflection of our spiritual cravings, revealing something of who we are internally.
My favorite materials include acrylic paint, oil pastels and alcohol ink. I rely on my intuition to take me through the creative process, working with layers by adding and omitting details to create unexpected and compelling moments. My love of design and composition comes through in my use of shape, movement and color.
My paintings have been described as bold, playful, un-restrained and soulful. I believe in the power of art to evoke emotion and transform a space. I strive to create work that will bring meaning and happiness to the viewer for years to come.