My work explores shelter, especially in the context of our relationship with the land and each other. The colors in my paintings are earthen pigments. I make paint from rocks and clays gathered near my home, constructing a painted sanctuary embedded with the quiet witness of the land.
The structures and materials of textiles, primitive dwellings, and other elements of our built environment influence my visual language. Like the building process, the paintings develop through stacking, weaving, and assembling simple forms. The patterns in my work suggest familiar spaces that not only cover our bodies but also connect our souls.
I am a painter living in Chattanooga, Tennessee. I received my BA in Studio Art and Spanish from Freed-Hardeman University in 2007. For the last ten years I have been gathering and using local earth pigments in my paintings in order to connect more deeply with the history and material of painting and place. I am also a facilitator for the public art organization Mark Making.