Growing up in the rural quasi-south, around seamstresses, quilters, gardeners, and farmers, I learned to love nature, nurture, growing and making. This made me creative.
So now, when I create art, my aim is to reconstruct those experiences from my life, from my environment, and share the connection that I have. I strive to recreate a conceptual experience whether it is the complexity of urban decay, the intensity of the sky, or the linear connection to cultivation, nature, and the horizon. The proportions and structure I portray within my works comes from my subconscious need to create with some sense of balance, and also with a tension that is derived from the power of my experiences, and the sense of my being a part of something bigger. The awe.
Over the years, my work has developed texturally and organically by using the visual elements and principles of color, line, texture, movement, and pattern. The resulting variants and contrasts reflect the complexities and tension of my experiences. My art has come to symbolize my inner strength and connection with my world and years spent watching the brilliance of the world around me.
Southeast Missouri State University
Bachelor of Arts, 1998
William Woods University
Master of Arts, 2005