I love capturing nature through art! My favorite place to be has always been outside. Nature is the first thing in this world that showed me Gods existence. As I traveled around the world in my 20's I became even more convinced of God. While experiencing places like Zion Canyon, The Sequoias and Costa Rica God delivered excitement, peace, and appreciation to my heart. There's nothing in this world that's given me the joy that nature brings to my soul.
Experiencing the ocean encompasses my whole being. It's the open space, the smell of the sea, the sound of the waves roaring then softly moving onto the shore. It's the misty foggy days when no ones there; And the bright sunny days when the warmth of the sun on my skin has me never wanting to leave. It's collecting shells, walking on the shore and gazing out at the most beautiful sunsets I've ever seen. The beach holds many memories for me. In my heart, it's nostalgic, it's home.
I've always loved flowers. They're so beautiful, so captivating. I'm consistently moved by the variety and colors. Every time I see flowers I stop for a moment to move in closer. Looking intently and seeing them as if I've never seen them before. Each one has its own story, it's own life. The shapes and colors deliver an essence of life communicating something special to each viewer. I see something a little different in every flower, and that's what makes them special. In our American culture, flowers are a representation with varying amounts of meanings. I enjoy taking this concept to the canvas and portraying flowers in all their glory as a subject to express a mood.
There's this side of me that's pure expression. A feeling of needing to create in order to set free what's inside my being. It's this build up of creativity and the existence of a painting needs to come into being in order to quench the innermost part of who I am. I'm not making a work of art for the sake of it, but to take what's harboring inside and make it a visible piece of work for everyone to see. It's creation at it's finest. Showing these works to the public is definitely a vulnerable experience for me. I wasn't created with the fine tuned skill of expressing who I am verbally, so I speak through paintings. Where some artists enjoy the viewers eyes to move around the canvas, I love creating a single intense focal point, that'll move the viewer emotionally.
On March 8th 2015, I placed my faith in Jesus Christ! After a long painful road of life, I decided to leave my job and move back home to California. I began selling my belongings for an easier drive across the country from Columbus, Ohio. One day, when I took my car to be appraised at a car dealer the man I was working with said he had a message for me. He said I was supposed to read Jeremiah 33:3. He didn't know why or what the verse even said! As I googled the verse in his cubicle I read off my phone, "Come to me and I will answer you and I will tell you great and mighty things you do not know". I was instantly moved by the call from God. What this man didn't know, was I had been repeatedly seeing the numbers "333" for at least seven years. I spent many years searching for the truth in the New Age belief system and found no rest from this worlds constant struggles. Then God showed His true self in my life, in the form of Jesus Christ! In that moment, my spirit recognized Him. That evening I accepted Jesus as my Lord and savior and I was set free! It's not a feeling I can describe through words. All I can say is, I knew He was real. Proceeding this moment, he continued to speak of my future for about fifteen minutes. He told me I was going to be a painter for God, to spread His word of truth to the world. As I fervently seek Him, God continues to show Himself to me. He's constantly reminding me He's there and teaching me to not lose heart! He's changed me and He's changed my life. And for that, I'll be forever grateful!
I love exploring new techniques and creating fresh ideas in my artwork. I enjoy evolving my work and I'm a huge lover of ideas. Even though I'm an artist, I can tell you that sometimes I feel like a scientist. In the flash of a moment, I'll be inspired by something and that'll generate multiple ideas! Once I have these ideas, I have to figure out how to create them. I'll think about what materials I need, tools and what kind of new technique I can create that’s something I've never seen before. I created the Liquid Art series about 6 years ago before it became popular. I spent a solid weekend alone in my studio mixing paints and glazes to find the exact viscosity for every color to achieve this look. After several trial and errors, the liquid art series was created! This idea was inspired by how intrigued I was with the creation process of marble, granite, and sedimentary layers. I had been on a rock climbing trip and saw these beautiful layers in the earth. I couldn't believe something so solid could look liquid. And so it became!
When I was young, I would use my mothers vintage Singer sewing machine. I was captivated by this old classic piece of furniture and figured out how to make it work. In my childhood years, I began sewing tiny patchwork pillows and worked my way up to doll clothes. In high school, I began designing and sewing my own clothing. I even made my own prom dress! In fashion school, I always cultivated an artistic, crafty feel to my clothes. What I love most are tactile fabrics, colorful prints, and fun details! To inquire for custom designs, freelance design or fashion illustration, please contact me through the contact form.
Hand drawing with ink and painting with watercolors is one of my favorite mediums to use! It gives me the ability for great detail, combined with translucent watercolor layers to give the piece more depth. As in most of my work, I accent the piece with contrast. With this medium I love the contrast between the sharp ink details and soft washes of watercolor. The translucent layers give me the opportunity to give the viewer a moment to stop and look closer. Watercolor is an amazing medium to use because I can give the art pieces an under layer painting, that'll give the work more interest.
I was given an opportunity to paint this mural after I painted a few large-scale paintings on stage at my church for a parable series! I absolutely love working with large-scale paintings and murals. I had a blast working on this piece and I'm so grateful I had the chance to use my gift! Glory to God! If you're interested in mural artwork, please contact me through my contact page!