How Long have you been painting?
I've always been an artist but I struggled to find my medium. As a child I was mostly interested in drawing. As a teen I worked with three dimensional art, even dabbling in concrete fountain creation, but nothing ever clicked. Towards the end of high school I took a few oil painting classes but hated having to wait on my work to dry. I eventually lost interest. It wasn't until I took a job at a paint and sip shop that I began working with acrylic paint. After several years of teaching, I really began to fall in love with the medium and have been true to acrylic ever since.
Whoa. What size brushes do you use?
Really small ones.
I've dabbled with paints for quite some time but it wasn't until 2015 that I began working small. There was something appealing about creating a miniature world in paint. You need to get up close when you view miniature art; submerse yourself entirely; take the time to see all the detail; there's a sort of magic in losing yourself within a tiny world.
How would you describe your style of painting?
Figurative realism is a term used to describe art that features a prominent human figure or figures created with realistic proportions. While studying Italian Renaissance art in college, I fell in love with the figure studies by Michelangelo. They were intense. Stories were told through the body and expressions rather than a background and props for context. I was mesmerized by the curvature of the figures, the highlights that danced on planes of the body, the complex poses... I was smitten. Twenty years later and as I found myself honing in on my own style, I naturally gravitated back to the figurative realism that I had loved while in college. I wanted to embrace classic ideals but give the subject matter a contemporary look and feel. The majority of my subject matter comes from my own life experiences and as a result is often infused with a bit of humor and wit.
What is the inspiration for your paintings?
All of my paintings start with reference photos. Some are simple point and shoot snapshots provided by clients, missing details filled in with live model photos or internet searches. And some reference photos are works of art in their own right. At times I will work with my husband,@theelectricdevil.com
I love your work! Do you take commissions?
Thank you. Yes!
I create portraits on stone and wood panel. I work with my client, by helping them select reference photos; help them choose both a size and canvas and work with them on any edits before finalizing their piece of art. The client is kept in the loop from start to finish and will have a beautiful piece of artwork upon completion. The entire process is fun and stress free. My intent is to create something you can be proud to display in your home for years to come.