I recently graduated from Christian Brothers University with a BFA in Studio Arts and a concentration in Art Therapy. I guess I am now at a point where I decide what career that means for me or grad school, etc. I think I really want to try for my MFA in Painting, so we will see how that works out :)
I love a good book and a hazelnut latte. I'm in the process of learning how to make fabric art, different kinds of jewelry and am trying desperately (although not very successfully) to learn how to knit and crochet. My sister is teaching me how; she has a lot of patience :) Borders (the bookstore) is one of my favorite places (after Hobby Lobby and Michaels of course!) I am a huge fan of historical fiction, historical/era costumes, and Masterpiece Classic. I would love to pursue a career in painting.... whether by selling my originals, prints, being published, or I would love to paint images for book covers and other illustrations (definitely my dream! how cool would that be? read manuscripts and then paint. LOVE)
Here is part of my artist statement:
My artwork is influenced by the Pre-Raphaelite movement in that many of my subjects are inspired by myth and legend as well as classical literary works. I also draw inspiration from modern fantasy and illustration in traditional art forms and photo manipulation. Several of my pieces and titles directly come from listening to New Age and Celtic music, such as Enya. My art combines elements of Fantasy art, Surrealism, and Magic Realism to form illustrative fantasy with elements of photorealism. I want the viewer to believe each piece, though imagined and fantastical, the recital of true events.
The creation of all of my artwork flows from the desire to tell a story. Just like an author uses prose and verse to weave an intricate tale, color and composition compel me to create and convey the spirit of a heroine.When painting these feminine figures, I am reminded that all women have an inherent beauty. Each female figure lingers as the subtle source of energy within her environment. The variety of female models in my pieces embrace femininity in all its forms; a woman can be graceful, powerful, unassuming, adventurous, nurturing, legendary, beautiful, or anything that defines femininity for her when she is true to who she is created to be.
I'd love to hear what you think about my work!