I'm a graduate of Abilene Christian University with a degree in fine arts (B.F.A., Painting Concentration). I pursued graduate studies in painting at the University of Arkansas for a year where I was awarded a teaching assistantship. I spent many years in Tennessee and received awards, commissions and gallery representation. I also taught art to children through the Knoxville Museum of Art, Oak Ridge Community Art Center, Union University of Jackson and Freed-Hardeman University. On the college level I served as an adjunct art instructor for Freed-Hardeman University. I've had several one-person exhibits of my art work and shown jointly with my husband, Kenny. I have also had many works accepted into juried exhibits. We moved back to our home state of Texas in 2005 where Kenny teaches art at Abilene Christian University.
I'm grateful. It's a blessed life with a lot of time spent in our shared studio, a converted sun porch with a southern exposure. I spend my days trying to keep up with my teenage daughter's schedule, cooking, domestic stuff which I mostly enjoy, arts and crafts at The Boys and Girls Club, reading (I'm in a book club), keeping up my online vintage store, church activities, and painting....it's a good life.
My work is based in the tradition of still life painting, a category not known for grand themes. The focus has been painting from life. I love the process of translating objects on a table into paint. Lately I have added collage to that process. Satisfying color relationships are the holy grail. Many of my works are simple celebrations of looking and painting; sometimes I like to expand the scope of my subject matter.
I want to create an intensely visual experience with these paintings. They’re anchored in what I see. These transient still life set ups are a way to play with color, pattern, line and texture. I especially enjoy depicting the disorienting properties of glass. Sometimes it’s enough to just paint a version of what’s before me. Other times I use collage as a way of expanding the image. Text is woven into the paint like the million influences and thoughts that permeate the act of looking. For me, map fragments can serve as a metaphor for an entity that looks from above and sees the big view. Maps also remind me of journey and process and arbitrary boundaries. I often use Blue Willow pattern dishes because of their color and pattern and for the parable it tells of transcendent love.