I am a proud Memphian and am so lucky to be surrounded by such talented creatives in this city who continue to inspire me everyday to grow and challenge myself as an artist and as an individual.
Memphis, Tennessee is home. I am a proud Memphian and am so lucky to be surrounded by such talented creatives in this city who continue to inspire me everyday to grow and challenge myself as an artist and as an individual. I have loved collaborating with other artists in this city, learning from incredibly gifted intellectuals, and creating for friends, organizations, and other Memphians who believe in this city as much as I do.
I graduated with a BA in Art in 2016 from Rhodes College where I completed my senior thesis culminating in a body of work exploring surreal landscapes, the sublime, and how we use the art making process and the product of that process as a means of escape from a world we are often so overwhelmed by.
Although viewed by academics as tired or overused; the landscape is my love. Nature intrigues me. Some people go to houses of worship to connect to a sense of purpose or sanctity, but I venture off to the mountains, the hiking trails of parks, or the lakes and woods of beautiful nature preserves, because it is these types of places that provide me with the most grounding, humbling, and existential feelings I will ever experience. This translates into my art not only in imagery, but in process as well: the way I feel and connect with the fibers of the paper, the water from my brushes, and the paint and ink bleeding on a page.
Art is not just about the finished product to buy, sell, and preserve, but it is also about the creative process. It is the physical making and creating of art that can be therapeutic, healing, transformative, expressive, relieving, and yes, sometimes even frustrating and confusing, but nonetheless it's a tactile method to process the world around you in a much different way than verbal methods offer. It's a useful tool for many people struggling to put words to emotions. Art is not just a finished product with a price tag or a place on a wall, but a personal and reflective process unique to each of us. It is this ultimate realization that has led me to firmly believe in the use of arts in medicine and the creative arts in healthcare settings. You can read more about my journey into the world of arts and health here.
I experience a period of frightening clarity in those moments when nature is so beautiful. I am no longer sure of myself, and the paintings appear as in a dream.
- Vincent Van Gogh