On my bayou, White's Bayou in Mississippi, grasses and aquatic plants group clump together and break away from the bank in the fall. These small islands float up and down the bayou with the tides. This is a black and white monochromatic abstract version of this advent. My husband use to get in a boat and try to chop them up. I just watch them flow in and out. I did a colorful version that sold. I have thought of adding color to this painting but enjoy the boldness of the limited palette.
I am a New Orleans city gal that has "escaped" to the country. We built my studio after Katrina in Pearlington, Mississippi and I have never been happier. My studio is located on a bayou next to a pond. There are no other houses in sight. The seclusion helps me focus on my painting practice.
As a young woman, I graduated from Newcomb College of Art, Tulane University after spending my first two years of college outside of New York City. I received a BFA with a painting major from Newcomb. Then my husband and I raised a family in New Orleans where I taught art for 20 years. I always continued to paint, first in oils and later in acrylics. I painted in my kitchen, the carport, or a spare room.
I call myself an abstract expressionist because I play with composition, color, shape, and mark-making trying to express my emotions at the time. I am influenced by the nature outside my studio and my life experiences. Painting has given my life joy and purpose. It has helped me weather life’s difficulties. Art is my therapy. I always know if I want to feel happiness, I just need to step into my studio and create.
Over the years I have received recognition. In 2012 and 2018, I was awarded the Mississippi Arts Commission Visual Arts Fellowship. In 2014, I was invited to participate in the Mississippi Museum of Art Invitational. I received the Hiatt Fellowship in order to travel to benefit my art. The Mississippi Museum of Art now has one of my paintings in its Mississippi permanent collection. I have received awards in various juried shows.
Painting is what I love, but I do not love marketing my work. I hope my paintings bring pleasure to others. I am especially thrilled when someone responds to my work and wants it in their life.
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