T H E J OU R N E Y
I was born and raised in Dallas, a place where hospitality and heart felt connection saturates the culture as much as the heat permeates the air you breathe. I studied Studio Art in Utah Valley at Brigham Young University where a deepened connection to the divine and to nature began to shape much of how I relate to my work. After Utah, My husband and I lived in the Middle East where my eyes were opened to the unparalleled kindness and hospitality of the Arab culture (and that's a tall order for someone raised in hospitality central) I was submerged in a place where my usual communicative tools were no longer useful, and found that my senses for secondary communication and connection to people and the world around me became magnified. It was remarkable to me how so much kindness and good will could be expressed between individuals primarily through the light in one's eyes and gestures of intention when language was a barrier. After living abroad we landed ourselves in northern West Virginia where becoming a new mom captured my heart in a way I could never have foreseen.
T H E A R T
My work is my form of meditation in which I am able to disassemble and reflect on my experiences. I use texture, organic materials and abstraction as tools to remark on the human experience in its intrinsic ability to be simultaneously prosaic and magnificent, complex and simple, crude and sublime. I strive to honor the innate human goodness that resides within each individual as well as shed light on the divine source of this inherent nature.
I feel most liberated in the art making process when replacing intention for the work with intuition, exploring outside the boundaries of planning and precision, allowing the repercussions of each mark or addition to dictate the path the piece will take until it is finished. Ultimately, my hope is to incite the viewer to see the world around them in a unique way that insists upon a rediscovery of human worth and the divine nature of every soul.