I have lived all my life in Georgia and during my years here I have seen the South embrace a multitude of transformations, one of which has taken place within me. At the tender age of 19 I joined the workforce and steadily climbed the corporate ladder, I worked hard and attended the school of hard knocks and I excelled. From this experience I took many positive lifelong lessons that have been integral to not only my success in business, but my personal life as well.
As a young girl I had an engulfing desire to be creative; whether drawing images in the clouds, daydreaming in a classroom or getting my hands into something I could attack, destroy and then make beautiful. Over the years I took art classes here and there when I could, but being a single mom and needing a steady income I could not seriously pursue my artistic career until 5 years ago. In 2011 I started working under the tutelage of Michael David; this experience has been life changing for me. Michael not only opened my mind to a higher level of understanding and creativity, but he believed in me and challenged me to do the same.
It is my belief that if your work ethics are solid and you truly love what you are doing; the integrity of your work will show through. My paintings do not become “real” until I feel a personal connection to them. I choose materials such as the wedding gown I wore when I was a bride at 17; dirt from specific places as far away as Minnesota; hot wax, oils, charcoal and even tar at times. I work with materials that demonstrate my vital spark. I respect the act of painting as well as the fight to find resolution in each story.
My work represents a direct metaphor of my life, and how faith has helped me triumph over great adversity. Whether painting Figures or Landscapes, the themes of loss, anguish and redemption are a common thread in the soul of my work. We have all gone through personal challenges, but it is how you cope and heal that is a true testament to your character. One of the greatest gifts I’ve received is the lesson on how to forgive. To forgive does not necessarily mean that you have to forget, to forgive means to move gracefully past the hurt, pain, and destruction. To truly forgive one must fill the voids with positive energy which is cultivated from experiences; it is the illustration of this strength in my work that can impart on others the wisdom to not be forever stagnant in their pain.
The women in my work are not victims but survivors; warriors that have fought hard for a brighter way and a better quality of life. My landscapes are also based on the same principles; after illness, loss, or violence there should be a time for healing, cleansing, and grace, as well as acceptance of the things that one cannot change – with that acceptance comes the power of growth.
On October 11, 2013, after three years of excruciatingly hard work I was humbled to have my first SOLO show at Bill Lowe Gallery. To be presented in such a sophisticated environment, alongside great artists through the gallery was truly a rewarding experience. My involvement with Bill Lowe and his staff has been remarkable, and I am appreciative to be a part of a gallery with this caliber. Moreover I am touched that the gallery believes in my work and continually supports my success as an artist.