I can't ever remember not drawing. As a young girl, a pencil and lined paper sufficed as the tools used for my outlet. As I got older I experimented with colored pencils, paints, markers, and any other media I could get my hands on. Art class was my favorite time of the day in school and my parents further supported my passion by enrolling me in private art lessons and I continued pursuing art throughout school.
2003 was a pivotal year in my life. I lost my high school best friend in a motorcycle accident. Working through this tragedy taught me how fragile life truly is. The experience awakened me to the importance of appreciating everything and everyday, not to ever take anything for granted, to cherish every moment and everything around me no matter how insignificant it may seem.
Although I reflect on this year as the most difficult time in my life, this year also provided several delightful happenings: I graduated college, landed a job and met my future husband! When I am not not busy with my school and education responsibilities I enjoy bringing out adults’ “inner artist” through in-home painting parties and working on my own personal work. I love spending time with my husband, friends and family, enjoy traveling and taking care of my three rescue cats: Grayce, Waffle and Bella.
My work involves the exploration of color, contrast and movement. Pieces reflect personal experiences, with layered symbolic undertones, using natural and organic elements. Whimsical compositions celebrate the simple process of creating; I find joy in painting which offers an escape uninhibited by the restraints of daily life.
Masters of Arts in Art Education, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC; May 2012
National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification in Adolescent through Young Adult Art Education; November 2006
Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts, Meredith College, Raleigh, NC; May 2003
Experience and Exhibitions
Visual Arts Teacher, NC; 2003- present
National Art Honor Society Sponsor of the Year, 2015
Tuscany Study Abroad Experience, Italy, 2003
Chair, NC General Assembly Youth Art Exhibition, Raleigh, NC; 2010 – present
Cultural Arts Representative, United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, NC;
2007 – 2012
Education Intern, Contemporary Art Museum, Raleigh, NC; 2002
Anything Goes, Litmus Art Gallery, Raleigh, NC; 2015
You Do You, Visual Art Exchange, Raleigh, NC; 2014
Dualities, Blake Street Studios, Raleigh, NC; 2012
Lighthearted, The Cotton Company, Wake Forest, NC; 2010
Initiation, Double Deuce Gallery, Cary, NC; 2010
Beginnings, Kung Fu Studios, Durham, NC; 2009
Pendulum, Meredith College, Raleigh, NC; 2003
Mr. Alkhalifa, Chevy Chase, MD
The Gilbert Family, Louisburg, NC
The Richardson Family, Zebulon, NC
The Koloustroubis Family, Wake Forest, NC
The Wolf Family, Raleigh, NC
The Kent-Purcell Family, Cary, NC
The Honeycutt Family, Raleigh, NC