Living in the Denver area, I was born in Grand Rapids, and earned my degrees at Grand Valley State University. With a B.F.A in Studio Art with an emphasis in painting and a B.A in Dance. Having been blessed with two artistic talents, I often base both areas of my work heavy on emotional connections between viewers and the subjects. Influenced by Baroque artists, Victorian Narratives, and genre paintings I enjoy creating stories throughout my work that must be pieced together though symbolism, light, color, and people or lack there of. Everyday moments people experience that are romanticized so the entire space takes on the emotional quality of the moment represented..
We are made stewards of the Earth. God calls us to cultivate and to care for it and the creatures He has created. If we don't care for the creatures of this world they will slowly disappear until they are no longer there for us to care for.
The acrylic pour creates a background that can resonate with the creatures natural environment. The animal is then painted on top of the background using oil paint. The thin layers of the oil allow the image of the animal to disintegrate into the background in different areas depending on the pour. Every painting is one of a kind because the acrylic pour cannot be controlled or recreated exactly. After the pour is made and dry, inspiration for which animal should go on top comes from the color combinations, and the directions of the pour.