I was raised in Charleston, South Carolina where I developed a passion for creating and a love for art. I am currently a BFA candidate specializing in Painting and Drawing at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. After I graduate I plan to further my exploration of oil paints as well as other media in graduate school as well as in my own personal studies.
My interest in portraiture began with an exploration in creating depth with color, beginning in still lives and then becoming more prominent with my portraits. I became attached to the process of painting people. The paintings became translations of how I see my subject and in turn how that is rendered in paint. I recently began incorporating patterns and fabric into my work to create a portrait that goes past just painting a face. I choose colors, patterns and fabrics based off of what I know of a subject and how I see them. Experimenting with fabric led me to embroidery and how textiles and thread could be incorporated with the paint. I found correlations in creating a portrait with embroidery versus a portrait in paint. Combining the painting with embroidery was a satisfying conglomerate of two media that peaked my interest but were very different. This in turn created a new style and interesting play on depth within my portraits. My aim is to have a continual growth in my body of work based off of skills and techniques I have learned while also advancing this knowledge with experimentation and reaching outside of my comfort zone.