Artist’s Statement 2019
My art is based on conflicts I am currently facing and trying to work through. Words often fail us, especially in times of tribulation, and that is when I find myself creating. As I process these conflicts mentally and emotionally, I simultaneously process them on paper. This provides me with an outlet to work through what is happening and allows me to reach a point of clarity by analyzing the problem in a multifaceted fashion. I started working this way during my junior year of college when I felt like everything around me was falling apart and it is what grounded me. This way of working provided me with a pathway when I couldn’t see one, comfort when I most needed it, and purpose in the darkest hours.
I work in black, white, and muted tones because I love their simplicity. I like for my gestures to be the story tellers as opposed to the colors. I draw inspiration from nature particularly mountains and botanicals. I enjoy working with several different mediums, textures, and layers of paper on one piece because each medium tells its own story, yet it is all part of one overarching narrative. What I hope people takeaway from my work is a moment of reflection and praise for themselves. Being a human being is hard. I hope that my work strikes a chord in them and allows them to reflect on a time in their life when they too overcame struggles. Remembering how difficult it was, but now being able to reflect upon it and be proud of themselves that they weathered the storm.
24x24” China Marker, Prismacolor Colored Pencil, India Ink, Graphite Pencil on Yupo, Mylar, and Strathmore 400 Series Mixed Media Paper
22x30” Gesso, India Ink, Charcoal on White Legion Stonehenge Paper
Rise. Triptych (2017).
19x25” Charcoal on Canson Mi-Tientes Drawing Paper
19x25” Charcoal, 4B Graphite Pencil, Prismacolor Colored Pencil and thread on Canson Mi-Tientes Drawing Paper
19x25” Charcoal,, Prismacolor Colored Pencil on Canson Mi-Tientes Drawing Paper
Paper Planes (2017).
18x24” Charcoal Powder & Willow Charcoal on Strathmore 300 Series Drawing Pad
18x24” Graphite Powder, 4B, & 2B Graphite Pencils
Cow Skull (2017).
19x24” Powder, Pressed, & Willow Charcoal on Strathmore 400 Series Drawing Paper