I am artist and writer whose work exists in the space between abstract and figurative. Evolving over the years from a more illustrative style, my current work still contains strong narrative themes, approached from a less literal, more interpretive way.
I work in mixed-media, currently drawn to monoprints on plexiglass or other non-porous material using ink or acrylic paint. In my work, the medium is less fixed than the message, and I am always looking for more and interesting ways to articulate the story I am looking to tell through the piece.
As a self-taught artist, I have come to accept the gifts of process over perfection, and to see my lack of formal training as a gift that allows me to experiment, make messes and stumble upon “new-to-me” discoveries and sparks in pursuit of creativity.
Before I was an artist, I was, and still am a writer. A journalist since 1999, my writing now primarily exists in partnership with the visual art I create, to support the work and enhance the story.
My current multi-genre, mixed-media project is Pine Curtain Stories, which documents family, history, the evolving landscape and community culture across several generations in rural East Texas.
Art has been a sustaining element in my life, not only in the fun of creating it, but also in exploring art communities at home and away.