Artist Statement + Bio + Contact
I am attracted to strong visual imagery; imaginative uses of color, and powerful, expressive brushstrokes. In my own pieces, this translates into vibrant images that depict a world where the viewer desires to be a part of it. My work is fun, rich in characters, and draws you in beyond the image. I am particularly interested in how the natural human posture can express ones inner self, as well as merging the figure and space to create a crafted reality more beautiful than its source of inspiration. My paintings allow the viewer the question their presence in the organic sensorial realm I have created for them. I am constantly trying to combine my interest in a way that adds flavor and dimension to my point of view.
I am looking forward to stepping away from painting the figure, and moving into the new phase in my artistic journey. I recently returned from a trip to France and was so inspired by the beautiful simplicity of the doors and entrances all over the country. It’s another form of a first impression and I was excited by the underlying stories. I plan on painting a series with that as my main focus. It’s fueled by that voyeuristic curiosity people have to look in windows and catch a glance of someone else’s life. As the saying goes, you never know what happens behind closed doors. I’m excited to discover what lies within those doors.
My need for self-expression, the challenge to make something out of nothing, or just speaking with visuals has been a part of me for as long as I can remember. I think my very first foray into painting was at the age of two when I stole my mother’s lipstick and painted myself and her car with it. Which prompted her to give me more chances for art that spared her lipstick (and car!). I grew up in southern Louisiana in the culturally rich city of Lafayette. The drive for self-expression through food, music, dance, and art flows through most of the natives of Louisiana. My grandmother was an amazing artist and I know the skills I have come from her. I was always drawing and eventually started painting in high school. I even sold my first painting to a fellow classmate. That passion drew me to the romantically beautiful town of Savannah, GA where I received my BFA in fine art painting at Savannah College of Art and Design.
Post college, I moved to New York. While there, I became a member of the Bergdorf Goodman visual team, as well as being a commissioned artist nationally and internationally. My time at Bergdorf Goodman definitely started building my artist confidence to break out of the “I’m a fine art oil painter” mold and begin exploring other means of artistic creation. As well as what it means to be an artist. I then took a deeper dive into display artistry and window design when I moved to Chicago and became a display coordinator for Anthropologie. My journey so far has been one of learning, exploring, conquering and eye opening.
Painting has always been the catalyst for my life as an artist. I am now returning to that first love and diving deeper into paint as a medium again. I am enjoying getting to know the Chicago art world and exploring the vibrant artist community that exists here. In this next year I am focusing on producing a new series of works and even adding a few more murals. I’m looking forward to the possibilities of my new life in Chicago and what we can offer each other. My career has definitely been a journey that is nowhere near the finish line, and has been a fun along the way!
Wicker Park, Chicago