Artist bio

I am a Charlotte, NC resident and a recent college graduate with a BA in studio art. Visual art has always been my main passion and means of expression. I love portraiture, graphic design, photography, and illustration. Currently, I am doing freelance design and illustration for a few different clients, while building up my portfolio and experimenting with different painting techniques. My favorite mediums are pen and ink, watercolor, and oil! I love using bright colors, and I believe artwork is the best way to spread love.


Look Into the Light



Artist Statement

Most of my work revolves around portraiture--for this piece, I used a photo reference for the model and manipulated different colors in photoshop to see what would look good for a painting. In this piece, I chose to use more surreal colors and metallic gold to emphasize 'God's light' shining down on the subject. I wanted the figure to be realistic while experiencing something other-worldly.

How it fits into contest

In this piece, the subject is looking upward while light is shining down on her. In Ephesians 6:10-20, it states "put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand." The feeling I want my piece to emulate is that of hope or new wakening: someone who is looking up and allowing the light of God to cast upon her and give her strength. By letting a new faith wash over her, she is putting on the armor of God to stand her ground and live a life of strength. She is vulnerable, but looking hopeful in the light of her newfound strength.


Jenn Hayes was my talented model!

How to Purchase this Artwork

Type of work: a unique original
Purchase price: $200

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