I started drawing, painting, and taking photographs when I was a young child. I spent my childhood surrounded by farms, creeks, and lakes in Indiana. It was a big, quiet playground that I constantly explored. This led me to study art at the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore, MD, where I received my BFA in painting.
Upon arriving in Baltimore, I was truly fascinated and overwhelmed by the city. My work became abstract, full of energy, tension, and chaos as I tried to process city life. Falling in love with the urban environment, I moved to New York City for a year to study with independent artists. Upon finishing my studies, I moved back to Baltimore, where I had two one-person shows.
Shortly after, I moved to Los Angeles where my work would take a big color shift; working mostly in black and white. The feeling of chaos started to dissipate and I began examining the human relationship to nature.
Big open landscapes are used as a base for me to explore from and for the viewer to connect to. The work is both calm and radical with smooth, rich surfaces and high contrasting color achieved by sanding and applying thin layers of paint. Line is used to bring together connections. There’s a subtle emotional intensity that can be felt throughout the work.
I want people to experience an emotional connection to nature in my work and connect it to the bigger responsibility that we have in taking care of our earth.
My work has been in multiple group shows throughout Los Angeles and is shown at Gallery 825 in LA. I currently reside in Los Angeles, CA with my husband and three children.