Inspired by the intrinsic value that art making promotes a healing power, my paintings play a significant role in the relationship that I pursue with Spirit, Self, and others. Reflections of emotions, thoughts, and actions serve as the muse to my process, and the insights they produce form the overall abstract composition.
Focusing on the journey rather than the destination, my paintings are drawn from intuition and result from spontaneous yet thoughtful strokes and markings. I use mostly soft-bodied acrylic paints along with other mixed media to create a loose yet contained aesthetic. Bold, black forms are balanced with calm colors on neutral white backgrounds to achieve a sense of stability among the impulsive chaotic details. Layers and layers of paint are used. Information emerges, hides under other “coats,” and then reinvents itself.
My paintings represent the constant struggle to maintain comfort and truth among the confusions of life. I paint for the process, and each work is always in progress until it ultimately awakes with a fulfilling realization.
Represented by Huff Harrington Fine Art
Art has always been an essential element of my being. As a little girl, I was constantly creating art. Whether it was carving shapes out of sticks outside or painting and drawing enormous (and undesired by my parents) murals on the walls in my childhood home, my yearning to create was innate. I began to focus this instinct towards painting, and I eventually found myself evolving as an artist.
After graduating with a BFA from the University of Georgia, I was eager to spread my passion for art. I began teaching art while maintaining a consistent practice in my own painting. During this time, I recognized how art was serving a therapeutic value. I developed a strong appreciation for how art making was connecting me to my Self: spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically. I felt and saw in some of my students how the expression, process, and production of art generated a sense of healing. This belief led me to pursue a career in art therapy.
After earning a Masters in Art Therapy and Clinical Counseling from Eastern Virginia Medical School, I worked primarily with children struggling with issues of neglect, trauma, and abuse. The world of art has been an amazing adventure for me. From art educator to art therapist, I have always remained rooted in my own growth as an artist. Currently, I am devoting my attention to motherhood and painting full time as I faithfully allow this artistic journey to entrance me.