I am inspired by color, light, and texture. Warm hues of reds and yellows popping out in nature’s green abundance and the uneven surface of an old flowerpot; the contrast of bright sunlight and shadows on a figure or people in conversation at a sidewalk café - these naturally occurring images fill me with a palpable urge to get into my studio, grab a brush or palette knife, and take to paper or canvas. Once there, I begin experimenting with color combinations, which may lay the groundwork for a textured still life, colorful landscape, or shadowy figure, or satisfy my longing by evolving into an abstract work. Whether I’m painting from a photograph or from life, I hope to awaken in the viewer a new thought, feeling, or way of seeing the world, while staying true to my original inspiration for each painting.
I paint. I learn. I explore. I fail. I start again.
Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, and having lived in North Carolina most of my adult life, I am a southerner through and through. After attending Auburn University for undergraduate and the University of Memphis for graduate school, I embarked on a career in Speech Pathology. Eventually I had three children and became a stay-at-home mom. Through my children, I got involved in our local community theatre, which led to working in nonprofit fundraising and development.
For as long as I can remember, I've always needed to have a creative project going. The arts were a staple in my family when I was growing up. As I became an adult, I would find a place in my house to set up shop, and whenever I had a few minutes, or an hour or two, I would escape to that wonderful room or corner and "work"!
Fast forward to a few years ago, when I discovered painting (see my blog post here). Since then, I have immersed myself in learning everything I can about drawing and painting through workshops, classes, connecting with other artists, and exploring it all in my home studio. I can truthfully say it has been the most challenging but most rewarding thing I have ever done (aside from parenting but that's a story for another day!). Simply put, I have found my pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and I'm loving every minute of it!