Influenced by Expressionism, I strive for the subject, whether in the form of a drawing or painting, to depict a sullen and mysterious moment of existence. In my pursuits of study, avant-garde master artists such as Egon Schiele and Frida Kahlo became of great interest to me. The figures of my work come from live models, photographs, or myself. Haunting elements coupled with an intensity give my work a certain recognizable quality.
Energized textures and expressive line quality are main components within my pieces. I am interested in how the freedom of a medium takes to a surface creating unexpected visual elements. Drawing with a brush and splintering many sticks if charcoal is essential to my personal process. I am enthralled at how the human form can take on distortions and exaggerations, that in effect, employ insight into various perspectives about the figure in a piece. My goal is to embed within my work, an emotional state of being in which a viewer is able to relate and interpret in a personal way.
My work has been exhibited in Southwest Virginia, this being where I received a B.A. degree with a concentration in studio art. My recent experience includes the 2009 annual juried show in Natchitoches, LA, in which I was awarded with an Honorable Mention, as well as being accepted onto the Northwest Louisiana Artists Roster in 2009.
Being a native of the south, I am fascinated with the diversity and cultural celebrations that go on through out the year. This part of Louisiana is especially wonderful and unique in the fact that Mardi Gras is held in high esteem. I am so pleased to be a part of the people and culture of North West Louisiana.