40.5 x 33.5
I was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee where, at a young age, I began to excel in the visual arts. As I moved into my high-school and college careers, my passion for the arts was put to the side due to my studies and athletic passions. Though I did not pursue art in an academic capacity, I consistently found time to practice and improve my drawing skills. My class notebooks were riddled with sketches and not-so-riddled with actual notes (at least I looked like a diligent student). Upon graduation from Samford University, I enrolled in the Fellows Initiative at Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Al. The Fellows program, which focuses on the role of vocation in the lives of Christians, enabled me to see that my passion and gifts in art were not an accident. I began to pursue a career as a visual artist in 2015.
I am awed by details. My work is simply an attempt to capture and bring attention to the existing beauty in the world. I want people (myself included) to notice things, to see the world around us in a different way, the way it really is. It's so easy to miss all the wonderful details, oddities, brokenness, and mercies that make this world so beautiful. It takes practice to notice things, but I think it brings great joy. I hope that my art, in some way, helps people notice.
My inspiration for my current tree series is mostly from my own life experiences. In short, I am a wretched sinner saved by the amazing grace of Christ. I don't know how or why he loves me with such relentless and unconditional love, but he does - that's who he is. The Creator-God came to earth out of love to redeem a people who hated, tortured, and killed him... people like me. I was dead in my sin, trying to quench my thirst for joy and purpose with anything that looked satisfying, all-the-while Jesus was beckoning me to himself, the fountain of living water.
I work with graphite, ink, and occasionally colored pencil to create contemporary realistic works that aim to draw attention to a particular subject. I have an unusual leaning toward broken things: people, trees, flowers, etc. that show their true identity in their details. My drawing process allows me to move from a worldly view to a spiritual one that lets me see the true essence and amazing intricacy of creation.
40.5 x 33.5