I'm an American figurative expressionist painter. I spent the first half of my adult life writing fiction, and then began painting in 2008. I'm the author of five books, including four novels.
My art often includes a strong sense of character and story with the primary subject being the complexity of women. It primarily involves a blend of acrylic, ink, and pastels. My general process is to create an initial mess and then clean it up, and in the process find something beautiful and honest, which describes an overall theme in my personal life story. The two most compelling aspects of painting for me are color and composition. My work is highly intuitive. I aim to create interesting visual balance as well as emotional honesty.
The imagery is influenced by fashion photography and a childhood spent immersed in the high-end interior design industry. My mother was a successful designer whose work was featured in publications such as Architectural Digest and Southern Living, and this exposed me to design elements that have emerged in my artwork. The emotional content of my work is influenced by growing up in Louisiana before moving to the Northeast in 1991, and all of the cultural differences between the two. To better understand some of the underlying themes that also influence the work, read my (almost) memoir, Please Love Me. My growing body of work expresses who I am, and how I see the world.
Louisiana State University
Bachelor of Science, 1988
Kennesaw State University
Master of Science, 2004