I am an artist who explores connections through nature, which is a religion with a forest as the church. To move past realistic depictions, I play with colors, textures, and patterns to create emotional landscapes. I work to expand traditional ideas of beauty through flattened, colorful landscapes. These paintings attempt to recreate the moment in nature where one feels aligned with and in awe of the world around them. Sometimes the landscapes begin with a question, emotion or, experience. Sometimes they begin with a photograph and end with an experience. There may be a plan for the painting, but my intuition leads me to a meditative state of flow with chance outcomes. Each landscape is a significant moment or feeling from life. The goal is to translate the world into landscapes because nature is the ultimate creator of beauty.
Growing up in rural Alabama straddling the Tennessee state line, my exposure to art was low. Thankfully, an artistic grandmother, an art lover mother, and a teacher who pushed me to create and compete with art in high school showed me how valuable art is. My first art class was in art school. I really wanted the artist life but had little creative confidence. I was happy to major in art history and study beauty. Upon finishing school with a graduate degree in art history the lightning bolt of creative impulse hit me. Since then I no longer just studied art. I created it.