Bio and Artist Statement
I currently reside in Roswell, GA, about 45 minutes north of Atlanta. Although I try to claim my city of birth (Newark, NJ) as my hometown, I really spent most of my years growing up in Lithonia, GA.
I graduated from Lakeside High School, and later Georgia State University with B.A. in Journalism (after a brief detour to UGA and GA Perimeter College).
After I finished college, I moved to New Orleans for several years, during which time I started doing transformational work and nurturing my artistic talents. I took some formal drawing classes at the University of New Orleans, but found that although I loved being around other artists, I hated being in class.
While I was in New Orleans, a friend challenged me: Just do a frickin art show! But I chickened out! It wasn't the first time someone asked me to do it, either.
When I moved back to Georgia (thankfully before Hurricane Katrina), more friends insisted I display my work. I decided to face my fear and really do it this time.
It was one of the best choices I've ever made in my life. I sold several pieces, and people had a great time attending the show. I was very overwhelmed by how supportive my "village" was (and still is).
Currently, although I paint part-time, I am certainly becoming professional - increasing my online presence, networking with other artists, and getting my work displayed and even published. My Large Blue Flower painting is on display at the Library Coffee Co. in Brookhaven, and my Dark Violet Flower painting is the cover art book of poetry by Private Poetry Unveiled.
Although I've only been painting consistently since 2008, I've always been creative. I've been painting, drawing, coloring, and daydreaming since I was little, yet until now, you'd see my artwork as doodles on my notepads during boring office meetings.
People have asked me how I come up with my paintings. I respond that I'm taking dictation from the Universe. That's how it really feels! I'll just be driving somewhere and I'll see a flash of color or a shape or theme, and that's how my paintings start. Then I'll sense the size and shape of the canvas. Then it's time to put color to canvas.
I paint what I like. As you can see from my image gallery, I love to play with bold colors and shapes and tend to paint in themes. When requested, I create specific pieces for people's homes.
I believe that while all us may not be artistic, we're all definitely creative, whether we're aware of it or not. My creativity just happens to show up on a canvas.
A man has made at least a start on discovering the meaning of human life when he plants shade trees under which he knows full well he will never sit. ~ David Elton Trueblood (1900-1994)