My grandfather was an avid lover of oil painting and when you opened the door to his basement, you could smell the turpentine before you hit the first step. I used to love looking at my grandpa’s paints and brushes and half-covered canvases, imagining what could be created and what others would see. Growing up in a small suburb of Pittsburgh, my world seemed small while the one around me seemed anything but. Watching my grandpa paint showed me that there were other ways to travel without leaving your house. The image of his make-shift studio and its possibilities has stuck with me all of these years.
When I was in 4th grade, my school took a field trip to the Carnegie Museum of Art; I now recognize that as a pivotal moment that inspired me to further pursue art. I went to college in Pittsburgh and earned degrees in Art History and Graphic Design, and later, certification in Art Education. After graduation in 2002, I moved to Raleigh, NC - where I currently reside.
I have been privileged to visit many amazing and renowned art museums around the world. More than a style or inspiration, those hours of walking museum halls have given me a further appreciation and love for art and its place in history. I am a member of the Wake Forest Guild of Artists, Raw Alumni and the Arts North Carolina organization. Through these affiliations and my own endeavors, I have exhibited personally at Chatham University, “Abstract” at The Renaissance, “Arise” at The Ritz and have an upcoming solo exhibition at The Chef’s Palette.
Throughout my studies and my own practice, I have explored working with many mediums - oil, ceramics, charcoal, acrylic, and many others. My current work is largely created from alcohol inks and mixed media techniques. I love how the ink flows and moves, combines and separates. When I paint, I only start with a broad concept and then I allow the process to guide what I end up creating.
I love art, the history, the theory, the execution, the results… Most of all, I love the blend of all these things together.
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