I have been drawing and painting most of my life. I completed a BA in Studio Art from the University of Georgia and a Masters of Art Education
from Georgia State University. In addition to being an artist, I teach middle and high school art at Community Christian School. I have exhibited in several shows in the Atlanta area, including the Emerging
Artist Show at Anne Irwin Gallery in 2011 and 2012. I am also a juried member of the Oil Painters of America and I have been commissioned by Historical Jonesboro and Reynolds Nature Preserve for several pieces. In 2006, I drove cross country in New Zealand sketching and collecting references for several series of landscapes.
My work is most influenced by the Romantic painters such as JMW Turner and Church, as well as later impressionist painters, namely Sargent. While influenced by their style and handling of paint, I never seek to imitate – but rather incorporate those elements into my work. Merging these varied influences with my own experiences, I found a way to express myself while still remaining rooted in the traditions of oil painting.
As an artist, my goal is to find an emotional connection with the viewer through my painting. While painting predominantly landscapes, I feel that it is not the subject matter that is important, but rather the feeling it invokes.