Subject Tags: dreamscape, dream, girl, fantasy, face, nature-inspired, nature, ocean, fabric, clouds, sky, moon, travel, woman portrait, ships, wings, traveler, storm clouds, full moon, night sky, surrealist, colorful painting, sydney opera house, equestrian, horses, australia
Size: 36"W x 36"H x 2"D
Year Created: 2017
Ready to Hang
History, traveling and my own experiences are the portals of my creative exploration. Architecture also plays a role in inspiring my art. During a trip to Australia I was inspired by the iconic Sydney Opera House. I use the motif of the opera house as both structural and abstract form in my painting. It also can resemble wings or a shell. I also combine images from my travel journals. In this case I use colorful abstraction, the Australian sky, seascapes, dreamscapes, and self-portraits.
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.