"I wanted movement and not a calm course of existence. I wanted excitement and danger and the chance to sacrifice myself for my love"
Hello, and thanks for stopping by!
I was born in Tucson, Arizona but grew up in Clemson, South Carolina and my creative inspirations are influenced by the landscapes and history of the western United States and coastal environments internationally. I studied Fine Art at Clemson University (South Carolina), with a concentration in abstract painting and photography and have been working as a professional artist since 2005. My pieces have been shown and collected in Florida, South Carolina, Maryland and Colorado.
I leverage color combinations found in nature to represent my artistic interpretations of the energy and vibrancy found in the desert, ocean, and mountainous regions where I have lived. My work is not restricted to the rigidness of the original concept but an ever-flowing energy focusing on being present in that moment while creating the painting. Embracing this evolution as a part of the creative process is a reminder that life is ever changing, and to be successful we must focus on responding to uncontrolled shifts with openness, patience and flexibility.
In the past years, since I moved to Colorado, I have also grown fond of painting on animal skulls. I enjoy bringing life back to these creatures through color and adornment as a reminder that our energy is eternal. Just as climbing to mountain tops gives me perspective as to how small and insignificant my challenges are in the scheme of things, my intrigue with the skulls is that it brings the reality of our immortality to the forefront. The “war paint” (as I like to call it) I apply, is a reminder of the perpetual energy all living entities provide to the earth and the legacy we can all leave behind.
The inspiration I have to paint and the approach I take to create, challenges me daily to live brightly, channeling patience and grace towards myself and others. I hope that my earth and energy inspired art brings light to your day