I grew up surrounded by art and in the painting studios of my mother and grandfather. I started working in an art gallery, selling the artwork of others and doing framing design. But the desire to do more of my own painting and drawing continued to grow throughout the years.
In 2008, with a sudden opportunity of time and space and a gift certificate to a local art supply store, I decided to try painting in acrylics. Inspired by a collection of antique prints of bird’s nests and eggs from the English artist, F.O. Morris, I began to create a series of paintings. I also experimented with adding a technique I once saw in a piece of artwork from Japan using crushed eggshells. As these elements came together, the idea to honor my family legacy of the two portrait painters came into the mix.
The paintings of the bird’s nests and eggs are created as symbolic “family portraits” of what we all hold dear, our home and loved ones.
Scottsdale Artists’ School
Savannah College of Art and Design