Thursday, January 6, 2011

Blog Interview

The following is a set of interview Q's sent to me by one of my previous galleries... I was a little bit surprised at how long it took me to answer as I felt a bit shy. I don't consider myself a shy person, so perhaps it was just my mood at the time. Anyway, I thought I'd share it here with all of you, dear readers...
Hope the first week of your new year has been treating you RIGHT!

Tell us about your background. Where did you grow-up? Your family?
I'm the youngest of five and grew up in rural Virginia until I was 10 and then moved to the central east coast of Florida until I was 18, and have lived all over the U.S. since then. My family is full of creatives and adventurers... my parents are both pilots so we traveled a lot. My family is now spread out throughout the states and my parents live full time aboard their sailboat and sometimes even sail in for my art openings!

How did your background influence your career?
We always lived along the water and in beautiful low-populated places and had the fortune to fly often, so it was incredibly inspiring. My parents taught us to shoot, sail, ski, canoe, scuba dive, etc. early on so I was raised with a lot of freedom and important experiences. Growing up in the country and being around such rich environments gave me the confidence to realize at an early age I could do whatever I put my mind to. When I was just about 13, my parents got rid of our television and instead of staring at the blank space where the t.v. had been, I used that time to work on my art portfolio. Once Yale reviewed it for an AP credit, I was ready for art college. The decisions my parents made raising me undoubtedly contributed to who and where I am today.

At what age did you become curious about art?
As early as I can recall. From preschool on it just came naturally to me; I was always creating something and winning awards. I knew by the time I got to high school that I wanted to make art my career.

What inspires you? How do you stay inspired?
Nature, energy and the world around me. Traveling. People. Love. Everything that I'm open to becomes an inspiration of some kind. I particularly feel inspired continuously by the natural elements around me, the seasons, the weather, and my personal experiences that need to sometimes be translated into visual voice. I stay inspired by being aware and surrounding myself as much as possible.

What is your artistic philosophy?
Find beauty in everything and do your best to put beauty back out into the world as much as possible.

What do you need around you while you are working in the studio?
Music and natural light. But more importantly than what is around me, is what kind of energy is inside me. I need to be centered and bring the right mindset into my studio and the work itself to feel and create my best.

What artist(s) has (have) had the biggest influence on your work?
It's changed over the years. In high school it was Bosch and Titian. In college it was Rauschenberg, Kiefer and Motherwell. Over the years in developing my own style, I've steered away from trying to be influenced by other artists works to try and find my own unique voice.

What do you most enjoy doing while you are not working?
I love hiking and being in/around nature. If I can find a lake to sit next to and meditate, all is right with the world for me. Traveling excites and rejuvenates my spirit and sometimes just catching a movie and shopping or dinner and drinks with friends hits the spot.

What is your favorite traveling experience?
I'd have to say the five months I backpacked around Europe after college. It brought me to Italy and is a place that stole my heart. I'm actually planning another trip next spring to have a new experience there.

If you weren’t an artist – what would you be?
Perhaps a writer... or a film director. I honestly can't see myself doing anything outside of the arts.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year Gratitude

They say that change is inevitable. And if we can't change the world, then we should change ourselves. The past year has been one of change for me. For many people I know. So many changes and challenges become bridges to something new and sometimes being forced is the only way to move forward and by moving forward we learn and (hopefully) reinvent better versions of ourselves. New goals, new ideals, new perspectives. The economy and world events have certainly not been shy to shake all of us up. Natural disasters to political maneuvers and meltdowns and yet somehow we still make time for facebook and fascinate at the celebrities whose lives are sometimes sad, but yet offer entertainment to some.

As someone who has never been interested in mob mentality and shied away from popular things as soon as they became fads, I have taken back my time..., I've done away with facebook trying to make more room in my life for things that truly count and matter. Not just for the moment, but long term. I've been blessed with a talent I've always enjoyed and never taken for granted. Even during 9/11 my art served as a healing outlet for many and to my good fortune in the middle of many misfortunes at the time, my art sold better than ever.

I realize that my work is meant to heal. To provide something comforting to those it attracts. All of that comes from me and as the saying goes "if mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy". Or something like that. Well, with all the changes over the past year, I've realized I can be happier. And I want that to be reflected in my work. I'm grateful for the friends and loved ones who have shown their true colors and have remained supportive. And these are the people I want in my life. Quality over quantity.

To celebrate the new direction, I'm teaming up with several good friends and contemporaries including artist, John Folsom and art consultant, Veronica Kessenich. The Atlanta art scene is in question and we are determined to push forward and will be working with many designers, various galleries and others to find a place where our work can be viewed, appreciated, and collected.

My new series "Serenata" begins for the new year of 2011. It will lead me to a month in Italy and back again. It will be a year of living life fully and passionately.

So to 2011, I say, "YOU are most welcome!"

I hope the new year will bring renewed hope and passions and joy into your lives and that all the things that make you feel alive and free and loved will be at your beck and call. We all deserve it. So let's live it!

From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank you all for your incredible support. There are times I think noone is looking and out of the blue I'll receive an email that expresses how my artwork has somehow made a positive difference in someone else's life. That is a blessing and I will continue to be grateful.

Thank you! Thank you! I hope to share more beauty with you through my work soon.
Love and peace,