From the moment I was born, my life has been immersed in an atmosphere of art and creativity. As a child, I treasured visits to my uncle’s art studio, sat in awe as my grandmother put paint to canvas and excitedly participated in my father’s entrepreneurial innovations. These experiences inspired me to pursue higher levels of artistic expression. To this day, the walls of my house are covered with the creations of my friends and family.
The influences of my childhood led me to choose artistic pursuits as a career. In 1999, I received my degree in Commercial Graphic Design, from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Over the next 18 years, my days were spent listening to clients and bringing their visions to life. Although I found this to be a rewarding career, it gave me little opportunity to express my personal creative vision. The foray into traditional artistic endeavors was a way for me to unplug from technology while at the same time allowing my imagination to be free to play.
My painting process is all about a playful and unrestrained exploration of the interplay between colors and textures. The use of palette knives to apply paint in an impasto style, and the application of paint through piping tools, push my paintings into the realm of sculptural. Paper, fabric and other random elements add a bit of mixed media flair.
When creating my mixed media pieces the process is a bit different because I am assembling dry pieces of paint and paper and other random found objects. These wooden panels are usually covered in vintage encyclopedia or dictionary pages, and then the other objects are arranged on top and sealed in place with resin. I’m drawn to the idea that pieces of old paint and bits of left over items, that otherwise would have been thrown away, can be given a new life and be used to create something beautiful.
No matter where the painting leads me, I always try to express the joy and peace with which God has blessed me. By combining these ingredients, I feel that I am able to create works that evoke joy in the viewer.
Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, IL, Surgery Expansion Wing
SIH Cancer Center in Carterville, IL
Some of the Art Fairs I have been privileged to participate in
Award of Recognition, Mosiacs Fine Art Festival, 2018
Art Fair at Queeny Park, Judges Favorite, 2018
Best of Two-Dimensional Art, Cedarhurst Art & Craft Show, 2018
Best of Show, Painting, Edwardsville, 2017
Award of Excellence, Lowertown Art Fair, 2017
Cantigny Art Fair, Wheaton, IL
Cedarhurst Art Fair in Mt. Vernon, IL
Edwardsville Art Fair in Edwardsville, IL
Highland Art in the Park in Highland, IL
Laumeier Art in the Park in St. Louis, MO
Lowertown Art Fair in Paducah, KY
Midwest Salute to the Arts in Fairview Heights, IL
Schlafly Art Outside in Maplewood, MO
StrangeFolk in O’Fallon, IL