My artwork is the reflection of a life in motion. To feel and experience a life well lived and translated through a visual narrative is what interests me. Challenging the painters hand with the poets mind to create a sensitivity on canvas is what inspires me. Hope is what I am searching for.
I became a painter after working in the world of fashion and as a costume designer in the movie industry. I became a painter not to escape but to settle on what I had been moving towards. There was no grand plan, but it all makes perfect sense in hindsight. I had good teachers along the way who taught me about color, texture, and composition, and about story-telling and the cut and splice. Art is now my profession, and I approach it with the same dedication that I did my previous full-time jobs.
The nitty-gritty. I start with an image, and let it sit. I look at it every which way. I ask myself: why? Why put it down on canvas? Why share it? Why not just let it be? I see painting as an invitation, a reaching out to someone not yet there. Success: they are moved enough to try to read between the lines, or just to re-internalize it, and let it sit. The poet may try to pat and ply it and turn it into words. A fellow painter may just say, "I see." A mother may see something else; a child may point out something that her mother missed; and someone else may ask "why"? I paint in order to share, to open a circle, and hope that it multiplies.
My studio is a mess. And why not, I am attracted to unruly images; the sort that will not fit squarely into four corners and two-dimensions. I try to memorialize that special moment right before something really meaningful happens. Horses in mid-air about to land and continue to the next steeple, or seconds before the starting gate bolts open. I tend to settle on images full of movement and suspense. Chaos and anticipation: behind the scenes in fashion shows, where faces and bodies get transformed, packaged and re-packaged, and sent to the end of the runway and back. I am attracted to that moment right before the shower curtain gets pulled back and the whole theater goes deathly silent. "In the silence the wind grows/with its single leaf and its battered flower...." Neruda.
2015 - Artist in Residence, Studio 209; Thomasville, GA
2007-2013 Art Education FSU, LaMoyne, Brush & Palette
1985 - Paris Fashion Institute
1978-1982 East Carolina University
2017 "The Poised Painter" - Tallahassee Magazine
2015 WCTV Interview - Flaunt Festival
2015 Big Bend Cares Blog
2014 Zone One Arts
2014 Art Business Institute
Artist Portfolio Magazine Issue 13
2015 Group Show, Flaunt Festival; Thomasville GA
2015 Group Show, Artopia, Big Bend Cares, Tallahassee, FL
2015 Group Show, Sass with Paula Deen, Thomasville, GA
2015 Solo Show – Artist on Broad Street, Thomasville, GA
2015 Solo Show - Landmark Kentucky Derby Event, Thomasville, GA
2015 Group, Show, Due South, Thomasville, GA
2014 Group Show, “Flaunt”, Thomasville, GA
2014 Group Show, “Stomp the Divots, Jackson, WY
2014 Group Show, Signature Art Gallery, Tallahassee, FL
2014 Group Show “Pony Up for Post”, International Polo Club, Wellington, FL
2014 Group Show, “ Polo under the Palms” Sarasota Polo Club, Sarasota, FL
2014 Group Show, See Me Scope Digital Show, Miami, FL
IAM - Bus Traveling Musemn April 2013 from Artists Portfolio Magazine
Creatives Rising - Long Island City October 2013
Scope Miami - Digital Show Miami, FL December 2013