My work explores the relationship between grace and courage.
I started watercoloring tendril-like DNA strand “strings” in the mid-2000’s as a self soothing practice. By the 2010’s I was weaving these shapes into the hair of my feminine figure paintings. I learned how to express and evoke intense emotion with hair…as it can feel like the wind streaming through and around you. Whimsical threads of hair can make you feel hopefully buoyant just as languid strands can be a visual for the grief healing process.
The power of the wind is invisible until it blows through something…and when you see it, you can sense both delicateness and resilience. Years ago, I started running in the forest nearby to epic symphonic battle music.
As my mind worked through many things, I began to imagine warrior angels lending me their strength especially by the time the Pandemic hit. This active meditation was the seed of many of my paintings. I knew they would be graceful, and shimmer —but they would also be unapologetically fierce. I wanted them to feel refined but unafraid to feel raw all at once.
I am drawn to the inward process of creating figurative art to express emotions my body did not feel safe expressing in real life for many years. My mind, my heart, my entire Soul…were all afraid to share. For a very long time.
To break free from that, and learn to live in my body as mine, whole and complete, worthy and loved is what my artwork is truly about.
The deepest of waters
Know how to drown you
The highest of mountains
Know how to awaken you
The softest of fields
Know how to comfort you
The hottest of bonfires
Know how to ignite you
The gentlest breezes
Know how to sweeten you
But it’s the scenery inside you
That knows how to free you
Written in 2021
I have been painting for over 20 years and my background is in Graphic Design, Art Therapy & Shamanic Healing. I am heavily influenced by the way color, texture, and composition evoke emotions, and often ones we may not have a name for. I am a wife and mother of two in the greater Cleveland, Ohio area. I grew up outside Memphis, Tennessee and I have also lived in Louisiana, Connecticut, and Chicago.
Thank you for your interest in my work and creative journey.