It was an unplanned process that lead me to painting. Even now, I would be at a loss to explain exactly why I took the plunge. Yet, I feel as if I had been preparing for this role all my life. Raised in the small college town of Davidson, NC, art and academics were an integral part of the community. And although, I had a huge appreciation for art; I never tried to paint. In 2011, I began taking art and art history courses at the University of Alabama... what came after has been a revelation. All the places I've been, things I've observed, came together with painting.
Travel is passion and inspiration which has a profound effect on my work. I take pictures and record everything. The human form, the interactions of colors, compositions, shows and hues are all facinating. My landscapes take on a more literal interpretation of my travels but even my abstracts are all continuations of color palettes seen first hand. Every place I visit is represented in my paintings.
In connection with many abstract expressionism painters, my work is very much an emotional process. I come to a blank canvas with a feeling or thought about what I would like to create but its all very spontaneous in its outward projection. I choose to go layer by layer, often times mixing mediums, until I'm satisfied. As I paint, I give and take from the paintings saturations and hues. Each painting has a various "under paintings" that I try to collaborate giving an overall aesthetic that's both sophisticated in color and etherial in projection.
I continue to paint and reside in Tuscaloosa, AL with my husband William and pup Winston and new little boy Wills.