One of my earliest memories are of when I was 3 years old, I watched my mom paint a beautiful mural of the Grand Canyon in the kitchen and I “helped” by putting a “Where’s Waldo” sticker in the middle of it. Instead of being mad she said the words “there are no mistakes in art, only choices you make” and that has forever stuck with me. We found Waldo, he was in the desert. And so mom got out the finger paints….
My grandfather, a well-known classical music expert & teacher, recognized that I loved to draw and paint and so we would go to the Art Institute of Chicago to look at the masters where he would share all kinds of interesting stories about the artists and their techniques. He would buy me markers, colored pencils and paper and I would draw pictures of flowers and whatever else I saw and they would be hung high proudly on the fridge door for all to see.
This influence helped me decide what was important in life and spurred me on to pursue art as a lifelong passion.
After some family hardships, my mom and I moved to the beautiful state of North Carolina in 2004. Through the support and guidance of my Dad, I went to art school. I received an Associate’s Degree in Fine Arts from Sandhills Community College guided by a wonderful art teacher and mentor. I was honored to be the recipient of the Sally Cole Fine Arts Scholarship and the
Elizabeth Morrison Barron Memorial Art Endowed Scholarship.
I later received a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts with a concentration in Design from the University of North Carolina Greensboro, where I also met my wonderful husband.
I worked briefly at the Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro, NC which exposed me to modern and contemporary artists and ideas, harkening back to my grandfather’s influence.
Throughout the years I have participated in several art exhibitions and shows.
From the years of 2012-2017 I proudly worked as a painter at Beechwood Metalworks gaining experience under metal artists and married couple Casey and Emily Lewis. It was a wonderful experience to learn new mediums and techniques, and I was lucky enough to be able to work with some amazing and incredibly talented people.
My husband, two elderly cats and I moved to Fort Worth, Texas where I now work at the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth.
I am currently experimenting with different art mediums and layering to create vivid colors, sometimes just by instinct. I am inspired by nature, Josef Albers, and an appreciation of technique. I really try to put my heart and soul in whatever I am doing. There are no mistakes in art only choices you make.