I believe an artist is who you are, rather than what you do. As an artist, one truly has to wave at everyone walking down the road of life and be able to see the possibility of an unexplored path to the side, compelled to see and pursue his or her own truth. The path of an artist can be romanticized, but it’s often lonely, misunderstood and controversial; and I wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s part of the beauty of life, and certainly the way I approach my art.
I studied art at Memphis State University and completed my graduate studies in art history at the University of South Carolina. College gave me the exposure of many mediums, and I have continued to hone my skills in those varieties and feel comfortable with the dexterity it affords. I have spent a lot of time developing new approaches to pastel, having been especially influenced by Edgar Degas. I experiment with making my own pastels, pushing the envelope with color, texture and application.
I am strongly influenced by the Romantic period, late 19th century Parisian, Viennese avant-garde and through to Surrealism as a starting point for my work. The common thread that ties my work together is the awareness of the inner self and the expression of self visually. I believe it give a glimpse of who we are and as such we are able to seek a causal dialogue with the viewer.