It’s difficult to say where creativity comes from. I’m trying to think about how I connect and I guess it’s mostly from looking and seeing things that visually excite me. All the elements: shape, color etc. are eye catching. Look twice…
I don’t have an art degree but have given myself a “looking degree.” The most important thing to me is to be closely attuned to watching, looking, seeing.
Creativity is a relationship, like a friend, and must be cultivated and held close to your heart through easy times and difficulty. Through work we know each other well...
My work has evolved and also changes often. I’m an experimenter and allow myself to explore and evolve freely. I’m not boxed in to a genre or signature style. Learning through doing is the most important to me. Mixed media collage is what is exciting me currently, but I’m always asking, “what next?”
I’ve studied studio art at Louisiana Tech, PAFA, Vermont Studio Center, and numerous workshop experiences. Stuart Shills, Ken Kewley, and Catherine Kehoe are some of my favorite workshop experiences.
Questions & Answers
Describe your art in three words.
I’m telling a story.
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?
Ruston is a super arty town. There’s a ton of really good artists living here. We are a small, close community of artists so we bounce off of each other. We have a really cool artist coop, Fringe and art encounter, that brings us together and connects us.
Describe your creative process. Are there any rituals or rites of passage you exercise before you begin a new piece?
Well, I have to admit that I have a studio Buddha that sits outside my door. I rub his belly and smile as I walk in.
Where do you draw inspiration?
My inspiration is emotion. The strongest feeling about the subject or place or time is what I try to grab and use in my work.
Who are your artistic influences or gurus?
Camille Corot , J. M. W. Turner, Henri Matisse, Richard Diebenkorn, David Parks, Cy Twombly, Robert Motherwell, Lee Radziwill, Stuart Davison
In New Orleans, art and music go hand in hand. What type of music, band or song lyric best describes your work?
I love a strong back beat.
Where can we find you when you are not creating art?
What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year?
Fall has the bluest sky and is a great time to paint outside.
What is something people don’t know about you? A fun fact.
I’m a good cook but my husband is too. So I let him have the credit.
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Where You Can Find My Work
Fringe an art experience