I am native Charlottean and full-time artist with a studio and gallery space at C3Lab in Southend Charlotte, NC. Art began with me at age three and hurdled its way through awards in high school, a BFA in studio art from UNC-Chapel Hill, a side trip designing furniture, then an unexpected season teaching high school art. The last few years have been my listening ones. What is it that my art has to say? The race through life has slowed and the art I am meant to make is just beginning.
All styles of art media inspire me, with my strengths being painting and collage. Narrative is a key element in my art, and as a visual storyteller I use color, texture and light to enhance the subject matter which is either painted or reimagined from found images. My choice of artistic tools to paint these stories are realism, with a dalliance in surrealism and expressionism. The main characters in my compositions are inspired by impactful relationships: my younger sister with physical disabilities, former street kids in Jinja, Uganda, my elderly parents, and family members with mental health issues. These intimate interactions fuel my desire to give visual voice to the vulnerable and unseen using portraiture. But the compunction to aid those who need help in being seen leads to the realization that all of humanity struggles with seeing beyond each individual’s cultural grid and the desire to be understood. The art I make, with the stories they tell are meant to cause a pause, experience life through another person’s eyes, look outward and consider another’s story and feelings, and ultimately to care.
Covid-19 has unified the world population by fighting an unseen, non-human enemy. Together we have bonded beyond socio-economic, racial, and intellectual differences. My art exists to show the common core humanness of each of us, to encourage compassion and lay down the trappings of judgement and pick up the mantle of empathy.