I once heard that every artist wants to look at their canvas and see
themselves. For years I searched to find myself on the canvas, and I
believe I have… yet the end result continues to change as I continue to
make changes in my life, hopefully improving and growing. I’ve developed a
style that lends itself to imperfection, just as I am imperfect. I sometimes
leave spaces that one would intuitively desire to give a more
finished look, and by doing so, allow the viewer to complete the story.
Painting in my style requires restraint and discipline, as I spend much
more time mixing my color and stepping away from the canvas, than actually
applying the brush. I try to say as much as possible in as few strokes as
possible.Those that know me know I’m a simple girl, living a simple life.
I’ve embraced this simplicity and try to reflect that in my painting as well.
Before I began painting full time, I dreamed of a verse in
scripture, “aspire to live a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to
work with your own hands.” I didn’t really know how that verse would come
to impact my life and art as much as it has. I’m a believer and follower
of Jesus Christ, imperfect but made perfect only through Him, working with
my hands for His glory, not mine. I’m very thankful that I’m able to do and
share something that I love, and I hope to bring others closer to Him
through this gift of art.
Born and raised in Glencoe, Alabama, I earned a B.A. in graphic design,
and worked several years as a graphic artist and eventually owned my own
advertising agency. For my Christmas present in 2008, my husband gave me
oil painting lessons, as he knew this was a desire in my heart. Little did
he know what he was getting himself into! I am married to my high school
sweetheart and we have three beautiful children. I’m a member of Oil
Painters of America and the American Impressionist Society. I’m so honored
to be represented in galleries in North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, and
recently started selling giclee canvas prints in fine decorator stores
across the US, including Ballard Designs and Kate Spade New York.
Honors / Awards
American Impressionist Society National Juried Exhibition, 2017
Huntsville Museum of Art Gala, March, 2017.
American Impressionist Society National Juried Exhibition, 2016.
Oil Painters of America Juried Salon Show, 2016.
Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Show, 2016.
Solo Show, Gadsden Museum of Art, Gadsden, AL, 2016
Huntsville Museum of Art Gala, March, 2016.
Oil Painters of America 2015 Juried Salon Show, 2015.
Oil Painters of America National Exhibition, 2015.
Huntsville Museum of Art Gala, March, 2015.
Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Show, 2014.
American Impressionist Society National Juried Exhibition, 2014. (awarded Honorable Mention).
People’s Choice Award, Southeastern Plein Air Invitational, April, 2014.
Huntsville Museum of Art Gala, February, 2014.
Energen Art Competition, Birmingham, AL, 2014.
Montgomery Museum of Art Gala, March, 2014.
Solo Show, Mezzanine Gallery, Gadsden, Alabama, September – November, 2013.
Emerging Artist Show, Anne Irwin Fine Art, Atlanta, GA, August 2013.
Solo Show, Renaissance Gallery, Northport, AL, May 2013.
Debra Huse Gallery, Holiday Treasures Salon, Balboa Island, CA, December 2012.
Southeastern Plein Air Invitational, April 9 – 13, 2012.
2nd Annual Aldridge Gardens Plein Air Event, May 16 – 20, 2012.
Solo Show, Shelby Lee Gallery, Charleston, SC, May 6, 2011.
Woodlands Inn 5 Star Resort, Residency Invitational, Summerville, SC, May 2011.
Solo Show, Renaissance Gallery, Northport, AL, June 2011.
Southeastern Plein Air Invitational, April 25 – 29, 2011.
Artists’ Choice Award, Southeastern Plein Air Invitational, 2010.
Gadsden Museum of Art, Juried Show, First Place, Oil, 2011.
Energen Art Competition, Birmingham, AL, 2011.