I began my career as a fine artist at a year and a half old, spending countless hours at the kitchen table with a tin of crayons and all the encouragement from my entrepreneurial mother and father. I was drawing everything around me at an accelerated level from an early age and was hungry to be the best. Grooming my creativity throughout my schooling, winning numerous scholarships and participating in my high school's first AP Studio Art course, I decided to pursue art at Georgia Southern University. Here, I was mentored by alumnae professors from the top schools in the nation (Rhode Island School of Design, Savannah College of Art & Design, Boston University, Cornell and the Art Institutes, just to name a few.) I was a sponge over my five years as a student, soaking in all of the critiques, countless pushes to go further, and priceless insight.
It was at university I gravitated towards the freedom of mixed media, creating works on shower curtains, canvas, and my own handmade paper. I even studied illustration and Italian art history for a summer abroad in Montepulciano, Italy right in the heart of Tuscany. In 2013, I graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art in Painting, Drawing, and Printmaking making my exit as a participant in our Senior Exhibition show.
I was able to fine tune my painting style throughout the next four years, giving myself room to explore and always returning back to my dreamy + jagged roots as an artist. Inspired by my present life and memories from my past, my work consists of moments of roughness, layered ground, illustrated images, and sometimes even text. Loose lines and pops of black evoke curiosity within the viewer, challenging them to tap into their own dark + light within. (A flower is a flower is a flower.)
It's funny how similar my body of work now resembles what I was making during undergrad - what a joy to know I have a true style as an artist that is inescapable.
Fast forward a few years past a fulfilling and exhausting (but very successful!) retail management career as a buyer and a manager for Anthropologie, I decided it was time to do this art thing for real. Married in April of 2017, my husband Brandon and I hit the ground running after moving into our dream home on the Westside of Atlanta. With space to make all of our endeavors so much simpler, we began creating large format paintings for Georgia's established interior designers and our own personal clients. In addition to making works on paper and canvases, I paint on large format wooden panels. Each wooden panel is hand-built, sanded, filled, primed, planned, and composed with care every step along the way. My pieces are constructed in our home and masterfully painted in the studio.
In late 2017, Caroline Nix Gallery began representing me (a partner of Maggie Griffin Design) for a uniquely exclusive gallery experience. With a new year, 2018 has already proven to be inspiring in its own right. I was invited to exhibit in an all-female show this fall with Kai Lin Art, Atlanta's voted #1 art gallery of 2017 by Creative Loafing and I have a stack of other event on the books. What a wonderful life!
With a small but mighty list of accomplishments behind me, I cannot wait to grow a laundry list of achievements for the rest of my years. Art is what keeps me sane (and insane) as I continue to find the answers in every stroke. I keep my work close to my heart and take pride in what I do. I have been painting for many moons and I feel so thankful to fulfill my life's calling for the world to see.