Ever since I was little, I have been making things with my hands. It started with beaded bobby pins (which I would work on after school while watching Trading Spaces) and transitioned to cut paper scenes, then to small acrylic paintings and then, eventually, to intricate colored pencil drawings. This need to create informed my decision to attend college for art. In 2011 I graduated summa cum laude from the University of Michigan with a BFA in Art & Design and a minor in Art History.
I've exhibited around the country but try to exhibit as much locally as possible, as I am passionate about participating in, and supporting, the arts culture here in my home state of Michigan.
My current body of work is a series of chalk and oil pastel drawings, inspired by light, shape and the passage of time.
When not creating art, you can find me cooking up a new recipe in my kitchen, practicing yoga, listening to music or traveling. I have a passion for living life fully and making people happy.
Currently, I derive the most pleasure from working with oil and chalk pastels. By alternating between these two mediums, I am able to fulfill different artistic and emotional needs. For me, oil pastels are much more "immediate." They allow me to quickly make my mark and move on. These works capture an energetic, almost compulsive, state.
Chalk pastels, by comparison, allow me to be much more meditative, patiently sitting with the different colors and tediously blending them together. Whenever I find myself in a mood where I need to slow down and be present, this is the medium I gravitate towards.
I find the most inspiration in the day-to-day spaces I occupy. I am fascinated by the passage of time, and the way in which sunlight casts shadows differently, depending on the time of day and season.
The act of creating a drawing, and of capturing this light, allows me to be fully present. The process becomes, for me, a meditation, and the work itself becomes a permanent marker for that particular space and time.