A LITTLE ABOUT ME:
I grew up in the most dreamy, little town in Northern California with one older sister whom I just adore, and of course, my wonderful parents.
I spent the summers running around barefoot through the little oak forests that held “secret” ponds and creeks with real evidence of Native American indians covering the land. I loved being outside and getting my hands (and feet) dirty. I caught frogs and lizards all day long, and I loved sharing a good lunch with my dogs. As I grew up, I found it to be one of the greatest past times to go for drives around my area with friends–mostly just to find new places to explore.
In the winter time, if my mom could keep me indoors still (it did get rather cold and rainy in the winter there,) I would spend hours reading, writing, drawing and painting. I could spend an entire day next to the fire with a good book and the entire next day at my easel.
I look back on my growing up years and it is overwhelmingly evident how much they molded me and continue to influence me and my work.
After high school, I set of to the great state of Utah to get my BFA in Illustration at Brigham Young University. It was there, too, that I found my hunky Australian soulmate, Alex, and stole his last name in June 2013. (The best!)
After graduation in 2015 (BFA completion 2014,) Alex and I moved to Chicago to start his career and continue with mine. I work full time as an artist from my home-based studio. I feel so grateful every day when I walk through my studio door to my easel and begin my work. This is my little world that I love so dearly.
Currently, Alex and I are living and loving life in the great state of Texas. We moved just before Christmas 2016, and welcomed a sweet bundle, our little boy, in April.
I make art because I have a constant inescapable vision of something new I must create.
My vision to create art, even though at times it is trying and slow, it is always a light in my life. It is something I love to do, and never tire of. It compels me to think deeper into myself and who I want to be. It makes me think larger than life.
My work is 100% a part of me. I feel inspired by people, places, the beautiful things in nature, and experiences in my life that spark an idea for a painting. The time of day and the seasons influence my work greatly, too; more often than not, I find myself titling work “the morning _____” or “evening ________” or “autumnal ______”. As the seasons change, and depending on the time of day I go to work in my studio, it also sets the mood for whatever it is I’m working on.
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EXHIBITS AND AWARDS:
“Leland Air” Plein Air Event – Exhibition and Sale with The Old Art Building In Leland: Plein Air Participant and Exhibitor 2016
Minted – Minted x West Elm Challenge: Top 20 Award 2016
Richeson75 Small Works Art Competition: Best of Show 2016
Schaumburg, IL – The Prairie Center for the Arts’s Plein Air Competition: Plein Air Participant and Exhibitor 2015
Rejoice! BFA show at the Harris Fine Arts Center at Brigham Young University: 20+ paintings shown in solo exhibit, 2014
Springville Art Museum – 26th Annual Spiritual and Religious Art of Utah: Exhibitor 2011
California Pioneer Heritage Foundation: Best of Show – 2010
20th St. Art Gallery – 20-20 Show: Exhibitor 2009
20th St. Art Gallery – Sacramento River Delta Show: Exhibitor 2008
20th St. Art Gallery – 50-50 Show: Exhibitor 2008
Rocklin Fine Arts! Snow Flake Show: Best of Show – 2008
Rocklin Fine Arts! Snow Flake Show: 1st Place – 2008
Victoria Brooks Numerous Workshops 2006-2009
Casey Childs Apprenticeship 2011
William Whittaker Apprenticeship 2012-2013
Brigham Young University, BFA Illustration 2015
Dennis Perrin The Flower Portrait Workshop 2016
–The Gifts of the Nativity – 2017
(Picture above from William Whittaker’s Studio 2012 – Working on a Bargue Master Copy)
(Image from 1993 – Painting with a Slurpee)
MY JOURNEY WITH CRAYONS.
“Crayons.” That’s the answer to the question, “How did you start out?” Really, I started with Crayons.Often, I am reminded of the opportunities I was given as a child. I am reminded how simple it is to spark creativity.
As a toddler, I “decorated” the walls of my childhood home, literally covering them with Crayons, pen, markers and even at times, a Slurpee (yes, the summer treat.) As a child, I was always busy making “stuff.” I always had crayons in my hand. I drew and drew. I drew the typical portrait all children do, even the mess of scribbles. I can’t say I was one of those Mozart children. I just loved art, in every sense of the word.
I must admit too, that I not only pay tribute to Crayons, but to my parents also, for they were always willing to put some kind of drawing instrument in my hand and facilitate my artistic opportunities. One Christmas I was given a set of art materials, a few instructional books, and a table at which I could sit and draw. I would guess it was around the age of 8 that I sat at this table to draw and draw. And draw. Later that year, my parents gave me a set of acrylic paints to try my hand at.
My paintings were messy, and the drawing was just ok. “Mom, look what I painted!” I would say holding up a very amateur, childish painting. She always responded, “Wow! I love it!” It was exhibited like the Mona Lisa in our home.
Shortly after I began working with acrylics, I was given a set of oil paints. I took off from there. I read many art books, mostly looking at the step-by-step pictures, and I loved each and every art class available to me, for they tremendously enhanced my excitement for art.
There are many more stories in my “artistic history,” but today I focus on Crayons because I was inspired as a child to be an artist.
I still don’t consider myself all knowledgeable in art, however. But it’s that same thirst for artistic knowledge I first attempted to quench as a child that has been the very thirst that keeps me painting today. In fact I hope to never quench that thirst. That’s what makes art creative.