Subject Tags: modern abstract expressionism, abstract painting, abstract expressionist paintings, abstract expressionism, surrealism, surreal, dekooning-ish, dekooning, expressive, purple, yellow, bold colors, dramatic, drawing, abstraction, figurative, expressionist, women, color, contemporary, struggle, drama, pink
Size: 50"W x 40"H x 0.1"D
Year Created: 2007
I paint my struggle between duality by combining formal abstraction with figuration. My physical gestures and expressionist color convey the power of competing internal and external forces. My figures are contorted into uncomfortable poses, stripped of limbs, compressed, and tangled up in each other. At times the figures merge with one another and with their environment. I mix sand and sawdust with my paint to make the surface tactile and earthy. On one hand, my paintings present the physical process of figurative abstraction, on the otherhand, they suggest a psychological struggle with an uncertain outcome.
I was born in the small town of Brenham, Texas. I drew animals, both real (my menagerie of pets), and fantastic (dragons and such). With this obsession with drawing nature, I studied drawing, painting, printmaking, and art history at Baylor University. I lived for five months in Florence, Italy. There I took classes in cooking, Italian, and Renaissance art. Upon my return the States, I attended an intensive drawing “marathon” at the New York Studio School. I then moved to Baltimore (I was a Texas girl eager to see the East Coast) attended MICA as a Post-Baccalaureate student. After that, I moved to Houston, TX, to earn my Master of Fine Arts from the University of Houston. I worked in DYI art spaces, such as The Skydive, and helped organize community shows. I currently work, teach, and make art in Denver.