I am a contemporary artist working with mixed media.
I am a self taught fine artist drawn to mixed media because my thoughts can flow effortlessly through my brush stokes or hand embellishments allowing me to switch from one medium to another as each layer transforms a piece. I enjoy the way I am able to bring forth the organic textures and lines in my designs to create something meaningful.
It was a head on automobile collision in 1998 that led me to painting, a creative outlet as I lay bed ridden for several months. Painting and drawing were an unplanned process that gave me peace and led to my healing, though I had studied art in my education at Louisiana State University, and it instilled in me a deep appreciation for a variety of forms.
Through more than forty surgical procedures, parenthood, and having a rewarding career as a food and travel writer, my art was put on the back burner. I returned to it at every chance I could get incorporating my life experiences and love for design into my pieces. It wasn’t until 2017 that the artistic fire was re-lit and I began painting again. Now my art has taken center stage with an exciting and fresh new composition.
My personal journey through orthopedics manifests itself in the human forms that I draw, while other inspiration is found in the island life and coastal landscapes that surround me. The connectedness of nature satisfies the longing for reflection and restoration. The hues of the color palettes chosen are from first hand experiences and from a lifetime spent by the waters edge.
My work is an emotional expression and spontaneous, physical and mental, where texture and layers of paint dance across the wash of another color creating a new level of dimension. My style is single-minded and focused on the simplicity of beauty in the moment. My goal is to drown out the noise and clutter in life and to find a sense of calm through light. The end result is clean, fresh and modern.
I reside in South Walton, Florida where I have raised my children for the last two decades, and at my second home in Pensacola with my husband. When not painting, you can find me in the kitchen experimenting with new recipes, promoting all things local via my food blog (30AEats.com), spending time with my family, or capturing seaside sunsets with my toes the sand.