The work I create comes from a place of nostalgia. I’m chasing the feeling of wonder I had as a child discovering the outdoors and the fantasy genre for the first time. I enjoy exploring themes that show the zone between good and evil. I believe each of us struggles in this territory within ourselves. It’s part of being a human on earth. I often show characters in a moment of dilemma. They are neither solidly good, nor solidly evil, and it’s up to them to rise to the challenge of the moment. I aim to show the concepts of good and evil are highly nuanced, and completely dependent on frame of reference.
I am heavily influence by comic book artist and Japanese woodblock prints. There was a period I would walk through my normal life and all I could focus on were the outlines of objects and people. Line is integral to how I see the world, which is why my style tends toward symbolism. It is much more interesting to show the idea or even feeling of a face rather than render a photorealistic face.
I am a Florida native, who grew up on 10-acres of untouched Florida forest. I explored, built forts, climbed trees, played with bugs, and got into mischief with my brother. When I wasn’t outside, I was drawing. Not much has changed to the present day. Much of my art comes from the feeling of losing myself to those 10-acres.
I moved to Tampa, Florida in 2000 where I met my husband and graduated college with a Civil Engineering degree. If you look back at my school notes, they are covered in doodles.
Tragedy struck while trying to start a family in 2012. I lost two unborn children along with my fertility. I believe this is why eggs, caves, mothers, and babies sometimes show up in my work now— despite me thinking I’m over the loss. Part of me still tries to understand what happened.
Now that art is a full-time commitment, I have two hobbies: eating, and training in mixed martial arts. Mixed martial arts has been another life-long journey. I’m lucky to train at a school which is exclusively outdoors.