"Arches" BFA Thesis Artist Statement

University of Alabama Bachelor of Fine Arts Thesis 2023

An arch holds the weight above it, much like we do in our own lives.   

With inspirations of nature, architecture and vibrancy, my work embodies the idea of personal human experience. I choose to depict figures in the midst of balancing mental and physical challenges accompanied by a world of abstraction. The figures, like the arch, are beautiful and graceful yet demonstrate incredible strength, their perseverance through struggles, or are seen at the entrance to a new beginning.  

Through the brightness of my color palette and the realism of my figures, I hope to shine a positive light on what it truly feels like to be alive.  

I have always been drawn to the painted figure. I find it fascinating in the way artists have been able to capture the pure vessel of our lives. On the other hand, I find myself in love with abstraction and the world of color and creation that it holds. Within my work, I dance on the line between the two, creating a landscape where the figure and realism fall into an abstract harmony. I use line, vibrant colors and pattern to portray a whimsical and lively narrative, creating bursts of loose brushstrokes and areas of tight rendering. With that, I believe in the poetry of my paintings and the stories they create about my experience.