Lives in Nashville, Tennessee
I create visual anthropology narratives through portraiture. Faces that tell a story. Each series is about a different culture or group of people. I lived in Germany from 2016-2019, and the more I traveled, the more fascinated I became with how intact cultures remain, country to country in Europe, despite the short distances. Hop a border, and suddenly people are different. I don't know how each country has managed to retain its unique culture, and that fascinates me.
Anthropologists collect photos. I paint what I observe.
Art was my first love. As a teenager I spent hours on my potters wheel and drawing. I studied advertising in college, which led me to a career in consumer behavior and marketing before moving to Germany in 2016, where I finally returned to art.
I work primarily in encaustic wax--molten wax, fusing with a blow torch and an iron. I love its unpredictability. It dries quickly, so one must paint fast, spontaneously, and expressively. Intuition takes the lead. Hot wax reminds me to let the painting speak, that I am not the master. The creative process is profoundly spiritual and mysterious, and encaustic reminds me to trust the process.
I’ve exhibited in Germany, Denmark, Ireland, and the US, have work in two US museums, was awarded two artist residencies, and was a member of Germany’s oldest artist guild, The Stuttgarter Künstlerbund, dating to 1898.
I'm influenced by Egon Schiele, Lucien Freud, Jenny Saville, and Tony Sherman; all great expressionist portrait artists. Photo realism is lovely, but expressionism can reveal the person's soul.
The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas. BA & Master's degrees in Advertising
Tennessee State University, Master's in Education
Rochester Institute of Technology School for American Crafts
International Scholarship, International Encaustic Conference, Provincetown, MA, 2018
Artist in Residence, EncaustiCastle, Lexington, KY, 2018.
2020 ArtPOP Street Gallery, Nashville, TN
2019 Popclectic at ARTclectic, University School of Nashville, Nashville TN (juried)
2019 Eclectic Expressions, Scarritt Bennett Center, Nashville, TN
2019 Franklin Art Scene, Art Crawl, Franklin, TN
2018 Melting Pot, Melting Point, Museum of Encaustic Art, Sante Fe, NM (catalog, juried) Curated by Francisco Benitez.
2018 Galerie Zehntscheuer, Zuffenhausen, Germany
2018 Deutsch-Amerikanisches Zentrum, Stuttgart, Germany
2018 The Way We See It, Cafe Künstlerbund, Stuttgart, Germany (juried)
2018 The Blues, Adam Peck Gallery, Provincetown, MA (catalog, juried)
2018 Galerie Bad Wimpfen Rathaus, Bad Wimpfen, Germany
2018 Incognito, The Solomon Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
2017 Imagine Denmark, Kunstvaerket Galleri, Odder, Denmark. (juried)
2017 Galerie Zehntscheuer, Zuffenhausen, Germany
2015 Modular Art Pods, abrasiveMedia, Nashville, TN (juried)
2014 Tennessee Craft Fair, Nashville TN
-Nashville Artist Guild
-International Encaustic Artists
-German American Artists Association (past member)
-Kulturkreis (artist group) Leinfelden-Echterdingen e.V. (past member)
Studied art under:
Lora Murphy, Denmark; Annie Hammond, South Africa; Gaby Dotter, Switzerland; Reiny Rizzi-Gruhlke, Luxembourg; Birgit Feil, Stuttgart, Germany; Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch, US; Lisa Pressman, US; Nicholas Wilton, US; Judy Klich, US.