My work explores the way we build and inhabit shelter. The structures and materials of textiles and primitive dwellings influence my visual language. Like the building process, the paintings develop through stacking, weaving, and assembling simple forms. The textures and patterns suggest familiar spaces that not only cover our bodies but also connect our souls. I make paint from earth pigments gathered near my home, constructing a painted sanctuary with a sense of its origin.
I grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, but have lived in Chattanooga since 2008, shortly after graduating from Freed-Hardeman University with a BA in Art and Spanish. Seven years ago, I started gathering and using earth pigments in my paintings in order to learn more about the history and material of paint, and to be more connected to my environment. I am a facilitator for the public art organization Mark Making and am represented by River Gallery in Chattanooga.