I was born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana. Art has always been a part of my life. Some of my earliest memories are painting at the kitchen table or making things out of paper, glue and tape. My parents supported my creativity and I was encouraged to paint and draw. The creative process made me aware of my surroundings and the beauty found in nature. Traveling to new places has also been a source of inspiration. Every summer I would take road trips to National and State Parks with my family. I continue to travel with my husband and two children. The variety of color and light found nature has been a major influence in my work as an artist.
In 2003, I graduated with a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Louisiana - Lafayette. I worked as a Graphic Designer for several years after graduating. In 2009, I began teaching art to elementary school children through the PACE program. Teaching young artists has been a wonderful experience. During that time, I was inspired to start creating illustrations and paintings again for myself.
Painting became increasingly important to me in 2017, when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Everything changed so drastically and shifted the way I perceived the world around me. Painting became an essential part of my daily routine. It allowed me to be alone with my thoughts and process all my experiences. Creating has always been a part of my life and I am grateful to have the opportunity to continue pursuing my passion.
Many of my paintings are about light and movement. I am interested in the effect light has
on objects in nature as it moves and changes. Often, I will paint in layers to reflect the interaction between an object and its environment. This can include painting a combination of defined forms, intuitive brush strokes, and splashes of paint. My objective is to reflect the interaction between movement and light over a period of time while allowing each work to have a voice of its own.