My Lover said, "Arise, my Darling, my beautiful one, and come with with me." Song of Solomon 2:10
Life’s cycles are experienced in all of creation, every natural body, and within the soul. Ends transforming into new beginnings. My paintings are inspired by the beauty and mystery of transformation. I juxtapose passages celebrating the physicality of the paint with my personal visual language and invite you to see, touch and just be with my painting.
Painting is relational, flowing among art, artist, and viewer. For me, painting is prayer, a way of being present, aware, and living creatively with God, myself, and others.
I grew up in Washington, a small town in Eastern North Carolina on the banks of the Pamlico River. I remember Camellias blooming in winter; Cypress balls etched with intricate patterns; and the joy of scratching a pin into wooden window sills. These memories form the origins of my call to create.
My mother fanned this flame giving me an art box filled with colorful paint. My father suggested pursuing art in college. They honored this calling before I, fearful my belief an arts education meant abandoning “my voice,”
I received degrees in media production from UNC-CH and a Masters in Teaching from UVA’s Curry School. Leaving careers in broadcast sales and teaching kindergarten, I chose to stay home when our first daughter was born. Life as expected. Then it changed.
Not an ending but a new beginning.
My father died of cancer; two daughters were born within two years; I admitted I was powerless over the alcohol used to gloss bouts of depression and anxiety. God’s love gave me hope, transforming what seemed like chaos into promise. This grace gives me the freedom to love, forgive, and create. It was during this season that my desire to draw and paint reawakened. I have nurtured my call with continual formal study with mentor Steven Aimone, community with trusted artists and most often asking, "Who is the artist?"