Abstract artist seeking to navigate the world in truth, beauty, health, and happiness.
I use my art as a way to heal from adverse childhood experiences. I have always found inspiration in darkness and have used my art to bring trauma to the light. I use a variety of media, including acrylic paint, watercolors, colored pencil, monoprints, and collage. My mature works are mostly a mixture of acrylic and monoprints torn and collaged to depict dreamscape tableaux.
I grew up outside Lansing, Michigan between a river and a cornfield. After a sadly eventful childhood, I escaped to college and studied music with an emphasis on vocal music and musical theater at Western Michigan University. Because I didn't really believe in myself as a performer, I spent much of my early adulthood bouncing around the corporate world trying to find myself. It wasn't until I had my first son and he was diagnosed with Autism that I did find a big part of me as a mom to him and his little brother and as a special education teacher. My boys and my students taught me how to stop, look, and listen and I believe those are the biggest contributors to finding myself an artist. I am a late bloomer art wise and began painting while taking a Brene Brown workshop on line. I had no idea I was talented in the least until the things I painted started to look like actual things! Currently, I live in coastal Virginia with my husband and two boys. There is no shortage of awe inspiring scenery here and of all the places I have lived, this is by far my favorite. I feel rooted at last and am thankful for the support of my husband, kids, and mentors as I begin this journey into sharing my art with the world.