Bio: 

Born and raised in the hill country that is The Cowboy Capital of the World, I was always immersed in ballet and painting/ drawing. I began this journey at the young age of 5 years old. I was surrounded by the most beautiful subject matter at all times so my drawings often consisted of plants, animals and landscapes. Ballet was my passion at a very early stage of my life. I had dreamed of one day becoming a prima ballerina. Then, at 15 years old I was given the opportunity to dance with the Colorado Ballet and the St. Petersburg Russian Ballet for various parts in the Nutcracker. From that moment, seeing the hustle and bustle of the backstage atmosphere and the relationship of the dancers I decided this was not the path for me. In 2008 I moved to Lubbock Texas to begin my undergraduate work at Texas Tech University in Studio Art. A change of scenery for sure, my work made a huge shift into the personal memory- telling of my own life. I continued to create work around this idea for the duration of my BFA and finished in 2012. From there, I continued my education into the MFA program at Texas Tech University finishing in 2015.

 

From here, things became challenging. I was no longer a bright eyed 18 year old wanting to know everything about art. I was figuring out what I wanted to SAY as an artist. Throughout this process I began to take ballet classes again and found my inner voice that was there all along. BOOM! I was now becoming an abstract artist...who is this person you ask? After obsessing over the representative aspects of the ballerina and the idea of 'story- telling' I now found myself elaborating on the story that is 'dance'. I often get asked " you paint with your feet ? " why yes, yes I do...paint brushes often feel limiting and the 'freeing' of myself as an artist also involved trying new things in the studio that solidified my experience as a dancer/painter....so FEET.. and sometimes hands. I also paint completely on the floor to utilize the 'stage' format of my surfaces. 

 

Through the mountains of misunderstanding and the constant doors shut in my artistic path I was able to carve my own and turn the disbelief into my dream. I now work full time as an Assistant Professor of Art at South Plains College and am currently an artist in residence at the Charles Adams Studio Project Work Studio A in downtown Lubbock. I now call Lubbock my home for the past 12 years with my husband and my 3 year old son. 

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