Subject Tags: biomorphic forms, bright colors, blended colors vivid, swirling colors, swirling, black and white, greyscale, grey, green, red, gold, browns, blue, surrealistic, surreal, collage-painting, visual movement, colorful, georgia okeeffe, surrealism, hands
Size: 22"W x 30"H x 0.2"D
Year Created: 2016
Ready to Hang
I made this painting after a collage I made using magazine photos. The swirling shapes and the intense colors were inspired by Surrealist painter Dorothea Tanning and by the naturalist paintings of Georgia O’Keefe.
I was born in the small town of Brenham, Texas. I drew constantly all through childhood. Animals were my first models, both real (my menagerie of pets) and fantastic (dragons and such). Despite this obsession with drawing, I did not pursue art as a career until college. During my undergraduate education, I studied drawing, painting, printmaking, and art history. I absorbed these subjects like a sponge, culminating in a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a painting concentration from Baylor University. I traveled abroad, and lived for five months in Florence, Italy. There I took classes in cooking, Italian, and Renaissance art. Upon my return the the States, I dove into art again. 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 and to attend 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 currently live in Denver.