In an exclusive preview post for my Patreon subscribers, I discussed this new concept and shared the color sketches from my art journal.
In my portrait series, I am celebrating the unique beauty of real women with real accomplishments. I am attempting to tell their stories in a way that helps the viewer empathize with their hardships and celebrate their achievements. In my celebration of the wonderful diversity of these women, I am attempting to shift the public narrative from a sterile, commercial idea of beauty toward a realistic aesthetic that celebrates the whole woman.
My beautiful friend Vicktoria has been such a huge inspiration and force for encouragement in my Wild Woman Portrait journey. She is also one of my favorite models because she exudes self-confidence and enthusiasm and is patient with my lack of photography skills when shooting for references. She’s happy to set any scene and assume … Continue reading The First Completed Painting of 2022
It's so easy to get impatient with the process when there are so many ideas in my head. That is why I have journals and sketchbooks everywhere.
I know so many beautiful women who have amazing stories. They inspire me with their courage and perseverance. It's time to share them with you.
As I have mentioned on more than one occasion, I tend to be hard on myself. I have a difficult time feeling accomplished in my work. I'm always berating myself for all of the unfinished ideas I have for painting concepts. In the new year, I will endeavor to lighten up a bit.In that spirit, … Continue reading Overview of Wild Woman and Unconventional Woman Portraits
I have been doing a lot of soul-searching the last few weeks. The result of all of the emotions and introspection are this: I need to paint. Period. End of story. That is what I am good at.
Join me the Tuesday after Thanksgiving at Athens Technical College for a program to raise awareness of mental health needs and solutions in our community. New Coloring Page Designs I will have a table offering small paintings, handmade cards and jewelry, coloring pages, and journaling kits. Handmade Cards I will also be discussing the importance … Continue reading Mental Wellness Expo, November 30
Rising from the MudAssemblage 2021 I am humbled and grateful to announce that my self portrait, Rising from the Mud, was purchased by the Hudgens Center during the juried Members Show this weekend. This is an enormous honor. My work will join the permanent collection at the end of the Member’s Show and eventually go … Continue reading My First Purchase Prize
When I started this painting, I had a complex narrative in mind that would further illustrate the personal journey of one of my models. As sometimes happens with a painting, the concept has changed. In this case, it has simplified, focusing entirely on the phoenix.