artist . wife . mom . mid-century lover . thrift addict . collector . tiki enthusiast . lover of tiny objects . craft devotee . pompom maker . freehand cutting aficionado . early for everything . southern . cynical optimist
BFA Studio Art, University of Alabama 2006
Printmaking & Painting
Originally from north Alabama, I grew up with grandmothers and great-grandmothers on both sides of my family who were talented seamstresses. My love for embroidery and fiber comes from a childhood spent with them, sewing bits of cloth and embroidering pillow cases. As a teen I took up painting and photography as a hobby, with the rural South providing an overwhelmingly inspiring backdrop. I spent summers doing archaeology with the University of Alabama Museum of Natural History, and met my archaeologist husband at Moundville just outside Tuscaloosa, AL the summer after I graduated high school. I thought my path was to study anthropology but a summer falling in love (and finding an earthlodge) pushed me to study studio art. I fell hard for Jeff (17 years and counting!), and later for Rauschenberg, Johns, Josef & Anni Albers, and all the visionaries of Black Mountain College. Nothing speaks to me more than the changes, upheaval, and experimentation of mid-century America. My work dives deep into merging a deep South upbringing, with it’s sordid and hard past, and the extreme progress of art, color, optimism, and texture of the 50’s and 60’s. After a decade in Atlanta, I now live and work in Charleston, SC.
‘There is only one healthy diet for artistic creation: permanent revolution.’