My work is inspired by the relationship between humans and nature. I look for places where we are coexisting and improving one another. I celebrate the way we care for the land and the way it cares for us. This is something easily found in rural and agricultural areas, but it is also a vital part of city centers—observed in urban parks and peering down from rooftop gardens.
In seeking out these spaces, I am particularly drawn to areas that carry a strong cultural identity. The wild and haunted coastal South, the bejeweled greens and blues of the Appalachian Mountains, and storied urban green spaces are a few of my favorite places to revisit and rediscover. In a world that is becoming increasingly connected and homogenized, I enjoy finding the differences that gives each place its distinct character. When I visit somewhere new, I ask: what features are iconic to this place? What can I include in my work to symbolize the lives of these people?
My work follows in the tradition of the Post-Impressionists, lingering at the edge of realism and abstraction. By creating highly textured and repeating surfaces, my intention is to invite the viewer into a reflective state. While the active eye is free to explore the patterning of many tiny brushstrokes, my hope is that this will create an opportunity for the viewer to experience an inner stillness and allow themselves to be transported for a time.
In 2004 I received a BFA from James Madison University, and have participated in many solo and group exhibitions over the last 15 years, most recently including The New River Juried Biennial, Charlottesville’s Second Street Gallery Group Show and a solo exhibition, “Language of the Land” at Charlottesville’s Welcome Gallery. My work is part of many private collections both locally and abroad. My current home and studio space is on a small farm in rural Keswick, Virginia.
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