About Me

I’ve never not made art. I started drawing and painting as a small child and as I grew older my interests never turned anywhere else. My parents would drop me off for weekly lessons where I created acrylic paintings usually depicting animals. In all my free time during high school I would be in my sketchbook drawing the photos from teen magazines. I studied painting at Midwestern State University where I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2011. The body of work for my senior exhibition consisted of large scale watercolor paintings that used portraiture to reflect on an anxiety of moving on to the “real world”. 

Post college I decided that it was important to bring art to people’s lives by teaching painting classes. I’ve taught in a variety of formats ranging from one-on-one sessions to crowded paint and sip style classes, from kids to adults, and in a variety of 2D mediums. In 2017 I was given the opportunity to join the Golden’s Working Artist Program, so in addition to painting workshops, I also give lectures on getting the most from your paint in a technical sense. 

I’ve always maintained a very active studio practice throughout my adult life. Though I have worked in acrylic, oils and watercolor the constant in my work is the human form. I use portraiture and the figure to illustrate whatever might be running through my brain at the time. Because of the personal nature of my work I often depict myself, or friends and family so that I can closely connect with each piece. The subjects of my work find themselves in vague settings and often appearing not quite pulled together creating a sense that its all taking place in a psychological plane. Whether the piece comes from a place of negativity or is upbeat I use ordinary clothing, props and models so the work feels relatable to the viewer. 

Employment

Golden Working Artist, Golden Artist Colors,  Austin, TX - 2017 - present

Production Artist, Strong Events, Austin, TX - 2016 - present

Education

B.F.A., Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, TX - 2011

The School of Visual Arts, Summer Residency New York City, NY - 2011

British Studies Program: Queen Mary College, London, England - 2010

Solo Exhibitions

 

"Thoughtscapes" Black Lagoon Gallery, Austin, Texas - 2016

Group Exhibitions

 

 

"After Some Reflection" Gray Duck Gallery, Austin, Texas - 2015

 

"Tomfoolery: Humor in Art" Georgetown Art Center, Georgetown, Texas - 2014

“I Am My World”, NOoSphere, New York City, New York - 2013

“Senior Exhibition” Juanita and Ralph Harvey School of Visual ArtsMidwestern State University, Wichita Falls, TX - 2011

Juried Exhibitions

“2013 Art Hop Exhibit”, Georgetown Public Library, Georgetown, Texas - 2013

“Meet Up Pavilion” South by Southwest, Austin Convention Center. Austin, Texas - 2013

“The Woodlands High School Art Trust”, The Woodlands High School, Woodlands, Texas - 2013

“2012 Art Hop Exhibit”, Georgetown Public Library, Georgetown, Texas - 2012

“Solely Art”, Student Exhibition Project Space, Tarrant Community College, North West Campus, Fort Worth, TX - 2011

“Annual Student Exhibition”, Juanita and Ralph Harvey School of Visual Arts, Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, TX - 2011

“Kappa Pi: Eta Epsilon Student Exhibition”, Jenson Gallery, Wichita Falls, TX - 2011

 “Rising Eyes of Texas” Rockport Center for the Arts, Rockport, TX - 2011

“Kappa Pi: Eta Epsilon Student Exhibition” Museum of Art at Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, TX - 2010

“Annual Student Exhibition”, Juanita and Ralph Harvey School of Visual Arts, Wichita Falls, TX - 2010

“Annual Student Exhibition”, Juanita and Ralph Harvey School of Visual Arts, Wichita Falls, TX - 2008

Publications

Raw Paw Zine vol. 4 - 2013

Wichita Falls Literary Arts Review vol. 6. - 2013

Blue Canvas, The Artist Network issue 13 Honorable mention in "New Beginnings" contest. - 2012

American Artist, Watercolor, summer 2012 issue. Annual cover contest finalist - 2012

Sketchbook 2012, Kappa Pi International Art Fraternity. First place Annual student competition - 2012

Voices, a Student Literary Arts Journal, vol. 34, Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, TX - 2011

Voices, a Student Literary Arts Journal, vol. 33, Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, TX - 2009       

 

 

 

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