I’m a passionate artist, seeking to build an emotional connection between my work and the viewer. I grew up in rural South Carolina and as a young child tapped into my creative side in an elementary school art class. Growing up, I spent most of my time drawing and studying art. It was my escape from a life less fabulous than the one I knew I was meant to have. Not only was it less than fabulous, it was downright sad and broken. I drew and dreamed and knew it was my way out.
I started college with a major in art, but was persuaded by family and society that a “real” career path would be my only way to make something of myself. I got lost in trying to make myself more “normal”, more able to fit in and not stand out. I went to work every day and sat in front of a computer and felt dead inside. I was successful at what I did, but I kept searching. Hoping for a change of scenery and maybe a real change in my life, I moved to LA and was lucky enough to work for one of the most influential people in the US. I met celebrities, CEOs, musicians, you name it. However, something was still missing.
While in LA, I got engaged to the most wonderful man and moved back to Atlanta. I took a job that I hated and for the first time in my life, I was fired. Thank God for small blessings. During this time I had started drawing again as an escape and now that I was without a job I drew more, I picked up pastels, I started painting in oils. I found that the talent I had as a teenager hadn’t died, it was quietly waiting and growing and maturing.
It struck me one day that I could express in a painting my Native American roots and the connection I feel with these people. I am a tribal member of the Pee Dee Indian Nation of Upper South Carolina and the issues of the Native American people have always held a place in my heart, but recently became something more. I have learned to look at life differently, give more appreciation for who I am and where I come from. I have learned to respect the elders that came before me. My heart has expanded along with my knowledge. Once this started to happen, it was a natural place for my art to go. Thus, I continue to paint and try to convey my inner being in works that reflect the people and things that touch me. I live in Atlanta with my husband, Don, and two dogs, Beaugregard and Mirabelle.