Having grown up on a farm in east Tennessee, I have always been inspired by wildlife and the lessons nature teaches us. After years of urban living in New York, Florence, Italy, London and Los Angeles, I am back in the countryside of Franklin, Tennessee, where I can observe and explore firsthand the landscapes that inform my work.
Being a process-oriented artist, I let the painting inform me as opposed to the other way around. I have an idea of what I want to paint, but that rarely manifests as I envisioned. Those happy accidents and twists and turns become an integral aspect of my journey as a painter.
The peeling walls in Tuscany inspired me years ago to paint using layers of texture which I like to add and remove until the story I’m trying to tell gets told. Taking an emotive, action-based approach to the application of paint, I work as much with splashes and drips of color as with carefully rendered lines. It also interests me to combine both realism and abstraction in my work, which I believe creates exciting paths for the viewer to explore visually .
As an environmentalist, I am deeply concerned about the loss of our open lands in this country and throughout the world. I am currently painting about “encroachment” and exploring my concern about overdevelopment through my art.
Teaching art to others feeds me a great deal as does writing about it for Nashville Arts Magazine. My column “And So It Goes,” gives me a chance to explore my thoughts regarding the process of making art and my personal insights into the art world.
I also lead groups to foreign lands for Inspirational Journeys called “Artistic Adventures Abroad.” My intention is to provide unique environments for guests to explore their creative talents and make new relationships to last a lifetime.
Organic gardening and cooking are passions I enjoy with my fiancé, along with entertaining friends on the back porch or in the creek behind my house. I have a fabulous son and two sweet cats. I love antiques, live in an old farm house and drive a 1949 F-1 truck named Lucille.
Please contact me for public or private commissions.