From the time I was two years old, I was fascinated by art because of the way that I could turn plain paper into anything I was thinking or feeling. I would spend my time coloring and exploring art materials as a child. Art has always been a major part of my life and now I am fortunate enough to make it a career through teaching and hopefully evoking the same appreciation for the subject in a new generation of students.
The process for creating my artwork usually comes from what is currently going on in my life. I am inspired by family photos, pieces of home life, and nostalgic childhood memories. My current work revolves around my family. I want to be the best mom and wife that I can be, and I enjoy re-creating the feelings of home. Through my work I am attempting to covey what it feels like to be a mom and a wife. A lot of my work is trying to capture those fleeting moments in time, like trying to capture how small my child once was. I try to capture personalities and moods through composition and color. Paint is one of my main choices in making art because of its fluidity and easiness of motion and the way colors mix to create the right emotion. Certain colors represent memories or can make something feel warm, like home or relaxing like the beach. I also enjoy the detail that I can create with drawing and pen and ink techniques. Details and texture can help convey a person’s expressions and brings more significance to a piece.
I am a very open person, and I feel like my artwork conveys that feeling. I am not afraid to talk about my personal life, a quality I find important in connecting with people. My artwork begins as something that has deep, personal meaning to me, and my goal is that it evokes similar feelings in others who relate to it or understand it in a different way that is meaningful to them.