I was born and raised in Virginia with frequent trips to the Midwest and Florida. Art was always a part of me and my obvious future so when it cam time for college, I attended a small school in Delaware and received my AFA in Fine arts before transferring to the Savannah College of Art and Design. There I earned my BFA in Painting and met my husband who was in the Army at the time. I followed him when he was transferred to Colorado Springs, CO and there I delved in to teaching in the form of Sip and Paint classes. Eventually I found a studio able and willing to have me teach other types of classes as well. On my off time, I created my own work that was extremely abstract, experimental, and tactile.
After multiple deployments, my husband and I decided it was time to leave our military life and he started training as a welder. The opportunities in San Jose lead us to our life in Santa Cruz and just 3 days after arriving, we found out I was pregnant. By the time my daughter was one, I was finally able to start painting again but the studio I had had in our home in Colorado was in boxes after moving to a small rental in Santa Cruz with a baby. The new restraints of time and space have proven to be just the guidance and struggle I needed to finally make work that feels like a genuine expression of myself and my skills.
I currently work from home with my daughter and teach whenever I can. Even when my own work is deeply satisfying, there’s nothing like cultivating creativity in others. I’m very fortunate to live in a community that is supportive of the arts and offers many opportunities to connect with other creatives.
My work is very much tied to my own spiritual journey which has become it’s power and it’s mystery as I’m never really sure what a piece means, sometimes until long after it’s finished. I hope that my work brings joy to those who see it. At the core, joy is where my work comes from and is the purpose of its existence. My work is meditation for me and, I hope, it’s viewers.
While it is very process-based, I’m slowly uncovering it’s many meanings as well. I’ve begun to focus on the Light as it’s own character in the narrative; Light is subject matter in it’s own right. I love paying homage to Nature as a focused subject matter but the real hero, for me, is the Light.
On a more specific level, I hope it also serves reminds us all of the beauty, power, purity and importance of Nature. The flora and fauna represent the beauty of the physical world that we get to enjoy every day, if we so choose, while the light is a reminder of the always present divinity that we may also enjoy, if we so choose. I play with the communication and relationship between these two realities in visual ways. These include variations in how much of the composition is taken up by the Light, how much and in what fashion the Light is carved, as well as positioning and scale of the Earth-bound subject. Working with wood, especially, has given me the ability to create both visual and literal depth in my pieces when I combine watercolor painting and wood carving techniques.