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I’m inspired by the inner worlds of the people around me. I approach my art with curiosity and fascination with what makes my characters tick. What are they thinking about when faced with these incredibly intimate situations? What circumstances lead them to be in these positions to begin with? Considering this, I prefer to leave faces in shadows, eyes obscured. Body language can convey so much, and I love the challenge of exploring the messages in our gestures.

Most of my work is made with charcoal, and occasionally, I use a limited amount of pencil, ink, and watercolor. I tend to stick with a basic palette because I like to attempt to communicate ideas, or inspire discussion, with few “tricks.” When I choose to use color, it always has a specific purpose – red, to reflect power, sexuality, and volatility; blue to indicate peace, ease, and stability.

I’ve been an artist ever since I could hold a pencil in my hand. Almost thirty years, now, I’ve been creating something. I grew up in a hotbed of creativity – my mother is a talented writer, an artist, and a designer of all things related to home. My father always questions everything – he isn’t content with accepting things at face value, which helped form my drive to investigate my world more deeply. My stepfather is a visual artist himself. Although his style is diametrically different from mine, I have always been spurred on by his ability to turn ideas on their heads, just to get a different view. My husband, whom I am absurdly blessed to have met as a teenager, has always encouraged me to chase my desires. In him, I see the strength, passion, and serenity I strive for.

I spent a year of my college experience in studio art classes, although I quickly switched my focus to anthropology. I wanted to know more about how people work within cultures, how relationships around the world are forged and maintained, and how individuals’ specific cultural experiences shape how they, in turn, view their world. Though I stopped taking formal studio classes, I have been a student ever since, working to improve my craft and finding ways to express ideas and add beauty to the world. After I graduated from college and moved to Arizona, I took a few years off to regroup and settle into my new life in Phoenix. During that time, I explored a few different creative outlets – jewelry making, short story writing, etc., but I inevitably came back to my creative home, drawing, because of its potential for thoughtful discussion and reflection.

My goal is to make people stop and think about the people in their world. Everyone has layers, and it’s so easy to take people at face value. We could take the messages that we’re fed by the media about subjects like intimacy and emotions, or we could look a little deeper.

I choose to look a little deeper.