Mississippi gal, nature and animal lover, lover of color.
I think all of these things influence my style as I capture the light outdoors or even the expression in an abstract.
Oil is my central medium, but I am self-taught in acrylics which I use mostly for abstracts. My formal training in oils began in 2013 from the one and only Bob Tompkins and I have since studied with artists from around the country. I hope to never stop learning. Art has always been a part of me since I was old enough to pick up a pencil. As a child I would write and illustrate stories and draw different household objects and cartoons with pastels and pencils.
I'm still doing that today, illustrating the stories around me with paint and a brush and bringing out the beauty of everyday objects and scenes that surround me. I love to paint outside or "en plain air" and "alla prima" (from life in one sitting). I'm drawn to looseness and the capture of light in impressionists and post impressionist works. Claude Monet and Edgar Degas are two artists who I feel a connection with.
Member of Mississippi Oil Painters Association (MOPA), Plein Air Artists of Mississippi and Yoknapatawpha Arts Council. BA in Broadcast Journalism and MS in Public Relations from the University of Southern Mississippi
A few of my Favorite things
I have a small.. probably unhealthy obsession with all things British especially the Regency Era. Meet my cats Mr. Darcy and Bing Bing (formally Mr. Bingley).
I average a book a week, thank you kindle unlimited, and love to listen to audiobooks and Sinatra while I paint.
Spring and summer (or summer and summer in Mississippi) are my favorite times of the year and when I feel the most inspired. All of my fun money (and probably most of my husband Jarod's) go to the local nurseries and the garden center at Lowes. I still have a rose bush my grandmother gave me in college. It's moved with me three times.
When I look at the beauty around me, at the vibrant colors, sights and sounds to the minuscule details in creation, I can't help but be in awe of our Master Painter, Jesus.
We have a small zoo of rescue animals at our house, especially if you count the possums, deer and moles that often occupy our backyard.
I also love all the arts, especially community theater! I tell people doing a show is like going to summer camp, you get to know fellow cast members well! For kid shows it's like being a camp counselor.. but with really special and mostly well-behaved kids ;). I've gotten to watch many young thespians (or munchkins in the Wizard of Oz) grow and develop into great artists. A few of them joined my after-school art class and are very talented painters as well.