When creating a piece, do you start with organic inspiration — allowing the work to materialize as you are creating it — or do you have an idea where the piece is going before you start?
I’ve found that my process is purely intuitive. I am inspired by light and the feeling of realizing how small we are in an ever-unfolding, expansive universe. There are bodies of work that explore an idea or grapple with an issue — most often, greater concepts surrounding the environment and our place within it. These are driven conceptually but built intuitively.
I often build upon moments where I am in the outdoors, away from the ongoing buzz of traffic. It is in these moments that I find profound serenity and it is from these moments of exploration that I am able to work. My hope is that my work is able to carry forth a piece of that serenity and calm from which they’ve been created.
The use of color in your work feels intentional and meditative, yet layered in complexity. How does color tell a story in your artwork?
Color is so important in my work. Since I work in acrylic, I pay extra attention to making sure that the pigments I use are rich and vivid. I build up my underpainting and combine that with layers of colorful washes and pours to allow for rich depth and a sense of atmosphere. While I do not plan the final color, I intuitively build layers to support the colors and allow them to put off the complexity that I seek. I never use paint directly from the tube or bottle, but rather mix all of my pigments heavily before use.
To what or to whom do you attribute your success?
My husband, as he has lovingly supported me every single step of the way.
My parents and grandparents as they taught me from a young age that being an entrepreneur is nothing to be feared. My parents always nurtured my connection to art and never pushed me in a direction I did not want to go.
Eckerd College, which gave me a wonderful foundation of education and studio exploration from which I could build.
My high school art teacher, Andy Baird, for giving me the space and freedom to explore art.
The gallerists, with whom I have worked along the way.
And the collectors who have chosen to purchase a piece of work to have in their home. For all of these people, I carry so much gratitude.