Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. – Pablo Picasso
From a young age, I was drawn to expressive forms of art. Whether it was orating a story or drawing vivid images, I created art. My eye on life has always been somewhat unique and it is now part of how I visually express myself. I live in both the right and left brain, which can be seen in the varying forms of art I create. Many of my abstract paintings will express the more creative side of my mind, but my organized logical processing is often reflected in my structured tech-art. It’s within these two dynamics that I try to find a balance of aesthetics that compliment each other. Over the years, my style has continued to evolve. However, I have always been drawn towards more gestural and bold non-representational images to express feelings or images I see.
All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness. – Eckhart Tolle
I am usually working on several bodies of work concurrently or fluctuate between series and mediums. The organized chaos of my life provides me with creative innovation. My works are usually multi-media ranging from oils, acrylics, collage, metals, to recyclable tech art, as well as pastels. I have no limitations or standard tools in creating artwork. Each piece varies based on the individual expression and moment of creation. However, I try to incorporate a use of layering in each work to help create a more dynamic image. I also find my optimism and humor resonate in the images I create. Even though I consider my artwork to be non-representational, there’s no question that imagery appears in my work.
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. – Scott Adams
Having a life full of mistakes, I found the more I experience life – the more I desired creativity. My art is an expression of the various interests and experiences of my life. Besides the normal diversities in life, in 2013, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I have endured chemotherapy, surgeries, radiation, hormone therapy, and numerous side effects. Cancer has been a difficult journey. It was in those trials and tribulations that one finds strength, knowledge, and empathy. Art became an outlet, both for therapy and expressionism.
True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist. – Albert Einstein
My first undergraduate degree was a BS in Organizational Management. Academically, I went on to complete an Master of Public Health in Human Sexuality, leading to job as the Executive Director for a HIV/AIDS non-profit. I continued working in the non-profit industry until my mid-thirties, before taking time to raise my children. I possess a love of learning and continued my academics to complete a BS in Information Technology. In addition, I have almost completed four other degrees including a MEd in Early Childhood Education, BA in Medieval Literature, MA in Counseling, and a BFA in Drawing. No matter what degree I was working on, I was always taking an art course. After fighting cancer, I decided to pursue my dream of being an artist. I realized I cannot deny that art is an essential part of who I am. I have begun created works that express the unusual experiences and thoughts that surround my life.
The object of art is to give life a shape. -William Shakespeare