My subject matter focuses mainly on animals and capturing a sense of movement and narrative through the captivating style of disrupted-realism. Living creatures are constantly moving, especially animals and I strive to capture that movement in my paintings. Much of my work refrains from forcing the viewer into a narrative of my own creation by providing too much information but rather longs to encourage the viewer to create their own stories for my paintings. This may be why I am drawn to looser forms and brushwork in paintings. It is less precise and leaves room for improvisation during the creation process and makes gestures of ideas that the viewer can decipher as they wish. Life moves and thrives in unpredictable ways and takes on a rhythm of its own and so does my artwork. I aim to assist the subject with the appearance of movement and life and to meld the forms to create something that feels united throughout the painting as a whole. I use several different tools to achieve this combination of realistic and abstract forms and I’m constantly trying to develop all their uses and possibilities, many of which are discovered during creation process itself.
I was born and raised in the small rural town of Dover-Foxcroft, ME. My family had a farm with many animals and lots of forests and I spent most of my time outside with my pony or exploring the woods. I loved drawing ever since I was young and of course animals were my favorite subject. I learned to observe the beautiful anatomy and movements of animals and how to capture their essence on paper. Eventually I would discover painting and this sent me on the path I'm still on today. I now live in Gray, ME with my husband and our dog.
Though I am a lover of all animals and paint a large variety, horses were my main focus for most of my young life and are still one of my main subjects to paint. I grew up watching old Western movies with my grandfather and pretending I was a cowgirl for much of my childhood. But not only did I have my western-style horses at home, I also rode at a local Equestrian-Theater Dressage/Jumping Farm where I was surround by everything else I loved: horses, magic, music, costumes, and creative people. This ultimately inspired me to go to art school, first attending the University of Maine, Orono as a painting major then transferring to The Lyme Academy of Fine Art. After my second year however I married my husband who is a Pianist/Composer and we've spent our years traveling and growing artistically together.
I first began showing my work professionally at local art festivals in New Orleans, where we lived for 2 years. This connected me to my first art gallery, Tripolo Gallery. I have since had my art shown across the country in LA, ME, CA, NY and CO. My work is currently being represented through Abend Gallery in Denver, CO www.abendgallery.com and Equis Art Gallery in Redhook, NY www.equisart.com
Aside from art I have other creative outlets. I play live music with my husband and father and I make handcrafted costume pieces for my Etsy shop: Black Fox Masquerade. I enjoy hosting my own booth to sell my creative works at Art Markets/Festivals every year. I also am a certified dog trainer and walked/ worked with dogs on a regular basis for years. However, since moving to Maine I've found myself dedicating more time to art and the art community by working part-time at an art gallery and expanding my artistic reach around Maine. Though art keeps me busy I still find ways to surround myself with animals regularly keeps the passion to paint them alive as well as nourish my soul.
2019- "Theater Horse #4" was specially requested by the Equus Film Festival for their Maryland poster as apart of their Nationwide tour in 2019. Enlarge image by clicking below:
2014- "Ahead of the Pack," oil painting selected from competition as the poster for the Harvest Cup Polo Classic by The Junior League of Greater Covington, LA. The painting and artist was featured in an edition of Inside Northside Magazine and in several local papers.