Original Art

artist statement

Born in Pasadena California in 1980, I was fortunate to have parents who exposed me to the arts at a very young age; visiting art museums, galleries, musicals, symphonies, plays. I attended dance classes, played instruments, and made art at home and school. Living in Southern California, I was greatly influenced by the local hispanic culture; art, music, dance, tastes, color, subjects. It was a very happy time in my life.

 

In 1991 my family relocated across the country to southeastern Pennsylvania. Driving through the countryside near Lancaster, I became fond of the Pennsylvania Dutch folk and decorative arts. By High School graduation, I knew I wanted a life in the arts. 

 

In 1999 I moved to Winston-Salem, NC to attend University of North Carolina School of the Arts and in 2003 I earned my BFA in Scenic Painting and was a Scenic apprentice at the Santa Fe Opera.

Immediately following graduation, in 2003, I took a job as a Visual Arts Instructor at The Enrichment Center, in Winston-Salem, NC; an arts based day program for adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities. I loved my job, loved my students and fell in love with outsider, visionary and folk art. I worked there for 7 years teaching and curating art shows and working with local arts organizations. 

In 2011 I moved back to Chester County, Pa where my family lives and began my career as a full time freelance artist; working as a scenic artist with area production houses and theatres, teaching art classes and creating my own personal artwork. 

My love of folk, visionary, and outsider art has unintentionally influenced my personal work. It is what it is; colorful and whimsy. It makes me smile and I hope it does the same for you!