Artist Statement

Growing up in a society that embodied nature, I found value in playing in the dirt, climbing in the trees. It was a world where sunshine hit my soul and creativity blossomed. I became a creature of the arts, creating my own universe where my thinking was accepted, where it could flourish. Prioritizing art throughout my educational and professional years, I knew that this passion was going to follow me for the rest of my life.

In this world I’ve created, I see every element as visual poetry, as a beautiful form through my artful lenses. As my adolescence grew into chronic illness, I chose to funnel my experiences into paintings of self expression and vibrancy. I strive to portray a sense of organic energy within my work, drawing upon the things that spark joy and worth inside of me. Reflecting on my travels, of studying art throughout Italy, I fell in love with art over and over again. Traveling became a huge inspiration for me and I hope to show others how I see the world through my artwork.

As I dance on the line between abstraction and representation, I emphasize the contrast between liveliness and realism through vivid oil paintings and mixed media artworks. With elements of texture, line and color, I create visually intriguing paintings that embody vast juxtaposition, dynamic motion and collage-like compositions. I capture the essence of a feeling within the human figure, themes of mental health, all accompanied by whimsical shapes, colors and patterns. These feelings, emotions of a true being, form the human connection to this world around us. I choose to feel alive. I choose to paint the life in this world.