I live in Oakland, CA, where I am a resident artist at J + L Studios in east Oakland.
Originally from North Carolina, I moved to the Bay Area in 2016 to enjoy the abundance of nature year-round.
Over time, my west coast roots grew. I found myself grounded, like no time before, when I was outside. I took to the trails in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, and Sonoma counties. I would drink in the scent of fresh air and my entire being was transformed. My explorations through open space preserves and state and regional parks revealed how sacred the natural world is. Redwood giants stand as testimony to the endurance of life. A simple walk in the woods can be a profound experience, providing sanctuary from our fears and anxieties, and moving us to live up to our roles as stewards of the earth.
Countless hikes fed my soul and yielded constant inspiration. The feelings I soaked up along trails and under forest canopies fueled my time painting in the studio. The bold abstractions that previously defined my style gave way to lush and gestural landscapes.
A graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, MD, I have been exhibiting work professionally since 2008 in group and solo shows across Baltimore, Philadelphia, Greensboro, Alameda, San Pablo and Oakland.