I try to render scenes that bring me joy when I first see them. They have a balance of composition and color that ask for further consideration. My hope is for the viewer to go forth and find their own unexpected moments of personal radiance in their lives as well.
In my portraits, environments are not subservient to figures. They work together and do not compete. My source material is captured when life’s variables align in a fortuitous way, or is found in photographs previously deemed unremarkable and left in storage. When moments in time are transposed to a canvas, they are frozen in a state where others can have a chance to reflect on their harmony too. Beauty and the mundane are not mutually exclusive.
Recently, my passion has come from old photographs, focusing on the power of women and girls living their lives without immediate concern, or arguably with dismissal, of society and its pressures and expectations. It is my hope that these works draw attention to the innate strength women and children possess that may be overlooked, ignored, and even suppressed.
I moved to Eastern Iowa from Dallas-Fort Worth in 2014. I earned a BFA in Drawing and Painting from the University of North Texas. The school’s focus on the contemporary and postmodernism challenged me to act upon my love of realism and figurative imagery while avoiding banality, a direction I continue to pursue.
Works held in private collections in Iowa and North Texas.