I am native Charlottean and full-time artist with a studio and gallery space at Dilworth Artisan Station in Southend Charlotte, NC. Narrative is a key element in my art, and as a visual storyteller I use color, texture and often text to enhance the subject matter which is either painted or reimagined from found images. My choice of artistic tools to paint or collage these stories are realism, with a dalliance in surrealism and expressionism.
The main characters in my figurative compositions are inspired by impactful relationships: my younger sister with physical disabilities, former street kids in Jinja, Uganda, my elderly parents, and family members with mental health issues. These intimate interactions fuel my desire to give visual voice to the vulnerable and unseen using portraiture. But the compunction to aid those who need help in being seen leads to the realization that all of humanity struggles with seeing beyond each individual’s cultural and experiential grid and has the desire to be understood. My art exists to show the core humanness of each of us, to encourage compassion, lay down the trappings of judgement and pick up the mantle of empathy.
My work stretches beyond the human form to the spiritual, sometimes manifesting itself in unexpected depictions of chairs or collage illustrated poetry. No matter what my hands make using brushes, scissors or glue, at the heart of it all is story. Listen with your eyes.
In the creating & marketing of my art, it is my desire that God be glorified & honored. - Colossians 3:17
One of the Southeast’s major art events from April 23-May 1, 2021 in Lake City, S.C. Hundreds of artworks exhibited throughout our downtown in galleries, warehouses, restaurants, shops, and other venues. Thousands attend, including art curators, collectors, critics, and news media. My selected piece is "Persona Reverend, a 100 Day Illustration" which is based on my son Sam's poem. ArtFields began in 2013 with a mission of elevating the profile of Southern artists. The event was designed to incorporate the whole town into the celebration. This is an exhibition and competition that is strongly committed to celebrating Southern art and the stories our artists have to tell.
Open Wall Exhibition
"See of Humanity" watercolor series was selected as part of The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County' Open Wall Exhibition.
SouthEnd ARTS - "Justice and Beauty" Show
In partnership with the Brooklyn Collective and Studio 229 (@brooklyncollectiveclt & @studio229onbrevard), SouthEnd ARTS (@southendarts_) presents their next installment of their Justice series entitled “Justice & Hope”. Please join myself and 11 other artists as we explore how art contributes to justice and social equity!
March 4-5, 2021
Intersection 2020 [ Dec 2nd - Jan 31st ]Explore this juried exhibition featuring the works of twelve creatives from the C3Lab arts community. Art selections represent the diverse artistic practices of members that have art or maker studios within C3’s creative workspaces next door to Alchemy. More info
Arts & Science Council Community Supported Arts 2020 Artist. Nine local artists have been commissioned to create limited edition artwork specifically for the program. Their work will be boxed and distributed as shares to CSA shareholders at pick-up events in Spring 2020. Shareholders will get three artworks at each event and will have one artwork by each artist by the end of the season.
Creative Mornings February Event Poster - Invest
"Hydrangea Spark" appearing in the Plaza Midwood Signal Cabinet Wrap project.
Book cover illustration
"Set Free" and I Choose to Forgive are featured as an ArtWay Visual Meditation September 30, 2018.
Featured below is my winning piece for ArtPopStreetGallery.com
"Eye on the Sparrow" came into being as we experienced difficulty with one of our children. When confronting the unknown of each day, I can choose to lose myself in worry or I can choose to rest in knowing that I can't control everything, but trust the One who does. The application and results of the unpredictable running paint is like opening a present on Christmas day. Blending that thrill with my love for realism, as seen in the sparrow, is the focus of my current series.