I grew up in Kingsport, a small industrial town in the foothills of the Tennessee Smokey Mountains.
When I was 5, I opened an Uncle's art-history book where I flashed across a painting called "Soft Construction with Boiled Beans (Premonition of Civil War)". I remember it being so shocking that I quickly shut the book. I was sure that I would be in trouble if caught looking at what I had seen. A few minutes later, I was back, feverishly flipping through the pages seeking the image for further examination.
I had discovered a signpost.
One that was directing me toward something BIG.
Something beyond the curated images of suburbia and the day-time television dramatization of the shared human experience. Seeing this painting was an alert that there was something more and apparently, ARTISTS were allowed to engage with it.
I knew for certain that I wanted to be a part of that something more and art became the light at the end of my small town tunnel.
I completed a BFA at University of Tennessee and then MFA at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and also became an apprentice at the Fabric Workshop. I stayed on to teach Painting and Drawing for several semesters at Tyler and then Color Theory at Montclair State before finally migrating to NYC.
During 2009-2010 I spent several months living in Guatemala. The colors, landscape and inhabitants have had an indelible effect on my work ever since. Currently the imagery reflects a visual discourse of the "in betweeness" of NYC and Guatemala.