"My CONSISTENCY, IS INCONSISTENCY" I love all things, am naturally curious and enjoy exploring all things to do with color, line and shape. My work varies as life varies. I enjoy creating abstracts, landscapes and botanicals. I find joy working in bright vibrant rich colors and find peace in soothing, calming neutrals. I cant't ever imagine sticking to one palette nor one subject matter. I believe it would take the joy out creating for me. My enthusiasm comes from creating from the various inspirations and moments life send me. What's next? I am unsure... It is my aim to put one foot in front of the other and create based upon my daily experiences and blessings brought my way. This is my spark. My Joy. I am forever grateful to be who I am, where I am. My work is an expression of my gratitude.
I am located in Ruston, Louisiana. A quaint little artist community in the piney hills of North Louisiana. The local university, Louisiana Tech, has had one of the strongest art departments in the south for many years, fostering a community that posses an unmatched enthusiasm for the visual arts for many generations. I am blessed to say, I Am A RUSTON ARTIST~ thank you Ruston!
My formal training is as an artist and as an educator with a BFA degree in painting and drawing with an emphasis in printmaking. I additionally hold a MED in art education. My collegiate career consisted of multiple majors and multiple universities. I began as a journalism major due to my father’s strong writing influence in my life. A few years in, I switched my major to studio art after returning home from a trip to Europe. I am blessed to say I did have the privilege of beginning my first quarter of my art degree at Louisiana Tech as well as finishing my last year here. These classes at Louisiana Tech were by far my most formative years as a young artist. I had the privilege of studying under Tech’s greats, Peter Jones, Ed Pinkston & Charlie Meeds. The knowledge these teachers passed on to me is still the foundation of my daily studio life. I will be forever grateful for their influence. The middle years of my BFA were from the former South West Texas University in San Marcos and Austin Community College. In these years, I gained cultural influence and knowledge from various Austin artists and professors. In between my undergraduate and graduate degree I spent over a decade and a half traveling and living out west in Colorado,Montana and California.
My personal highlights are having had the opportunities to study in Rome, receive a work study scholarship at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, painting under the fabulous Catherine Kehoe in Nashville, receiving The Argent Financial Distinguished Fellowship and awarded a residency at the Hambidge Center For Creative Arts & Sciences and being accepted into Art2Life International Juried Show by Anita Rogers.
Today, I am inspired by the nine other mixed media artists at Fringe, a local artist co-op in which I am a member. Our weekly meetings ( and mostly educational) inspire me to continue searching, looking and challenging myself.
I work closely with commercial art curators, gallery owners, collectors and designers to create custom works of art. My work has been included in major design projects throughout the states of Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Tennessee, Virginia, Colorado, California, Montana and Washington. My work is also currently included in collections within the United Kingdom and Italy. I continue to thrive on experimentation and ask myself, “What if...”
My hardworking friends & partners... I truly put my brushes to the test and love them all like old friends
photos by Kelly Moore Photography
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