I am a mother, wife, adventurer, traveler, photographer, and painter. I am lucky to be married to Jon; my best friend, fellow photographer, and adventurer in many things, not the least of which is raising our daughter and twin boys, and keeping the peace amongst our cats. I have a BFA from Austin Peay State University and currently work as a freelance photographer in Nashville. I have an immense love for astronomy and travel and enjoy those unadulterated places in nature John Muir would have called "God's first temples".
About the work:
Photography is my means of capturing some tiny fraction of a place as it feels for that one moment in time. They are only photographs, but photographs of something as it was just so, arranged perfectly by the light and the wind and snow and time and then gone and on to another time and another moment.
My paintings are explosions, births, deaths, those perfect combinations of atoms that create and destroy across the universe... but with metallic pigment and acrylic medium. The stars lift my heart and give me every feeling of my small importance in the vast everything. I can't capture that feeling, I can't process it, I don't really know what to do with it. So, I paint. The paintings are created by building layers of iridescent pigments, UV reactive pigments (that's fancy speak for glow in the dark), acrylic paint, and clear gloss medium. This creates a shimmering depth that light and shadow penetrate shifting the colors and shapes within the work to create the illusion of movement and depth as the light and viewer's position change. Like looking down through a deep clear pool teeming with life and things unknown.
I hate artist statements. I think they're hokey. It's impossible to boil down my whats and whys and hows to a meaningful paragraph that makes it all sound important and sensical. I love what I do, I love my paintings and how I feel when I create them and when I look at something and it feels finished and whole. I want you to like them. I want them to mean something to you, but they don't have to. That's ok too. This is a website, you don't really have to come here if you don't want to. Just like I don't have to use commas very well, because I'm an adult and that's my choice.