About

 

Artist Statement

I have an innate drive to create art that captures the unique quality of the duality of pain and hope that feeds resilience and overcoming. I work in the realm of realism by painting and drawing people with individual stories of hardship and hope. I place these people in "despite all odds" scenarios or accompanied by broken items or in dilapidated homes and environments that correlate with their stories using a subdued palette. My palette is influenced by artists like Andrew Wyeth and Antonio López García. This palette gives my work an antiqued or aged-feel denoting the concept of being worn or broken. Even though this palette serves well in capturing a worn feeling, I can still use it to create elements of hope in the work as well. This may be by capturing the reflection of light on a wall, or by depicting a concept of using the worn item to serve a purpose. 

I have also been exploring the use of texture to mimic the details that are often found on worn objects such as cracked cement, crackled or chipped paint, and distressed wood. I also experiment with repurposing found broken domestic objects such as window screens, doors and clocks. With these decisions throughout my work, I am able to create a continuing story of hope, value, and resiliency that can emerge from a broken history.

Summarized Artist CV

 

EXHIBITIONS (recent)

2022-2023 Legends of the Moon (in collaboration with the Lunar Codex), Era Contemporary, Philadelphia, PA (November 26 - January 15)

2022 Women Out West: Professional Artists of Utah, Sears Museum Gallery, Saint George, UT (September 16 - November 11)

2022 Business Card Art Show, JKR Gallery, Provo, UT (September 2 - 30)

2022 Faculty Art Show, North Commons Gallery, Utah Tech University, Saint George, UT (August 19 - September 2)

2022 MFA Thesis Exhibition, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY (May 12 - 21)

2022 Tribeca Ball Exhibition, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY (April 19) 

2022 35th Annual Dixie Invitational, Sears Museum Gallery, Saint George, UT (February 19 - April 2) 

2022 Hiraeth, New York Academy of Art Student Curatorial Committee Exhibition, New York, NY (February 4 - March 5)

2021 Inside/Out, New York Academy of Art Student Curatorial Committee Exhibition, New York, NY (October 15 - December 17)

2021 11th Annual Inspirational Art Association Christmas Showcase and Sale, Joseph Smith Memorial Building, Salt Lake City, UT (December 1 - 4)

2021 Business Card Art Show, JKR Gallery, Provo, UT (July 30 - August 27)

2021 Rouge: Utah Women’s Voices, Sears Museum Gallery, Saint George, UT (June 11 - September 17)

2021 Return to Form, Six Summit Gallery, New York, NY (May 15 - June 30)

2021 Jumbo Print Exhibition, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY (April 21 - May 22)

2021 Tribeca Ball Exhibition, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY (April 5 - May 2) (Online due to COVID-19)

2021 Scholarship Auction, Early Light Institute (Instagram auction with @earlylightinsititute) (April 10 - April 17)

2021 Treading Lightly, New York Academy of Art Student Curatorial Committee Exhibition, New York, NY (January 29 - April 4)

2021 34th Annual Dixie Invitational, Sears Museum Gallery, Saint George, UT (February 13 - April 3) 

2020 Deck the Walls, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY (December 6 - 8)

2020 Fall Vision of the Arts Auction, Vision of the Arts Fund, Salt Lake City, UT

2020 Parallels, New York Academy of Art Student Curatorial Committee Exhibition, New York, NY (October 20 - December 18)  

2020 Business Card Art Show, JKR Gallery, Provo, UT (September 11 - 30)

2020 300 Plates Fundraiser and Exhibition, Art Access Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT (Online due to Covid-19) (May 14 - June 5)

2020 Spring Vision of the Arts Auction, Vision of the Arts Fund, Anthony’s Fine Art & Antiques, Salt Lake City, UT (Moved to online due to Covid-19) (April 8 - 18)

2020 33rd Annual Dixie Invitational, Sears Museum Gallery, Saint George, UT (February 15 - March 31)