I am a mixed media artist in North Louisiana. I live in Ruston with my husband, Matt, two sons, Henry and Sam, and our two German Shorthaired Pointers - Henley (as in Don) and Frey (as in Glenn). I graduated from Louisiana Tech University with a Bachelor of Interior Design and a Masters in Teaching (Art Education). I have always loved the arts and have been drawn to creating since a young age. I currently teach elementary art, in addition to working as a professional artist. I am also the co-owner of perfectly curated shop in Ruston, Louisiana - The Collective: art, gifts, & paper.
As an artist, I work primarily in acrylic and mixed media – collage, china marker, graphite and oil pastel. I have always been drawn to the contrast created between architectural lines and shapes and the more organic flow of our natural surroundings. In my work, I strive to create a balance of rigid lines among layers of loose marks and color. Every piece is a raw and authentic expression of my thought and emotion – my experiences. Each layer is a snapshot of thought and dictates the next. My work tells my story, my hope is that the viewer can find their own story embedded within a given piece.
Questions & Answers
Describe your art in three words.
layered, emotional, textured
Describe yourself in one word.
What do you love the most about creating art in your community? What particular part of your immediate environment, in your neighborhood specifically influences your work?
My work is rooted deeply in experience - my experiences in my small quaint community and with my family most certainly shape the layers and emotion that go into each of my pieces - they tell the story of my experiences and my community.
Describe your creative process. Are there any rituals or rites of passage you exercise before you begin a new piece?
I work layer by layer - each piece is constantly changing and I typically do not know where it will end up when I start.
Where do you draw inspiration?
Music, most often, colors and shapes outside - lines of buildings and plants.
In New Orleans, art and music go hand in hand. What type of music, band or song lyric best describes your work?
I love almost all types of music - and listen to it while I work (ALWAYS!) I am mostly drawn to music of the 70s - its what I grew up listening to with my Dad.
Where can we find you when you are not creating art?
Spending time with my family - probably at a ballpark somewhere!
What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year?
I love the early evening hours - on the porch - especially in the Fall.
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Where You Can Find My Work
In addition to Where y'Art Works, my work can be found:
On my website
The Collective of Ruston
The French Mix in Covington, LA