I fell in love with painting after reading Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty
Davis. I can’t recommend this book highly enough as it helped me learn the
fundamentals of drawing and inspired me to dream bigger. Later, I took classes at the
Cultural Art Center in Downtown Columbus. These sessions confirmed my passion for
painting, and I soon took over my dining room with my easel, canvasses, and acrylic
paint.
Working on my own, I began with portraits and drip paintings, soon moving into full
body figure painting. Eventually, I realized I had outgrown my space and moved my
artistic interests to the 400 West Rich Street studio space. There, I’ve experimented with
different mediums and larger works of art.
As a self-taught acrylic artist, I’ve explored many styles throughout the years. Still,
because of my background as an actor and lover of the arts, I’ve always been interested in
expressive pieces. I want to capture a moment and invite others to lose themselves in that
time and space. To do this, I focus on the emotions of the subject; combining that with a
drip style creates movement in the piece. Although I am not a dancer, I’ve always been
an artist of one form or another. I adore the dramatic arc of a dancer’s movements, and
capturing their steps in the full body figure paintings I do now has invigorated me to
think about the body and all that it is capable of.
Living in Columbus, Ohio, offers me so much inspiration, and working at 400 West Rich
has only heightened my awareness of what a great artistic community we have here. This
blog is my space to reflect on my artistic journey and invite you to join me in that
adventure. Please contact me if you have any questions or if you are interested in a
commission piece.