With a degree in Commercial Art/Graphic Design from Appalachian State University, my professional career has been mainly focused on design. When I began experimenting with pastel, I was dedicated to learning technique as the medium was so foreign, but I quickly grew to enjoy the immediacy of pastel – no paint mixing, little cleanup. I loved that I could work for 30 minutes, walk away and come back (even days) later and pick up where I left off.
I’m enchanted and inspired by artists like Mark Leach, Bill Suttles, Teil Duncan, Wolf Kahn, Robert Burridge, and Al Lachman. They all have an incredible way of using light, color and simple form to portray strong emotion. My challenge is to paint a scene and have the audience feel exactly what I was feeling the moment I experienced a certain place.
My joy in creating art comes when someone sees a piece they fall in love with, not because it’s something great I painted, but because they feel an emotional connection.