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I foster creativity by teaching and making artwork. Creativity is one of the most powerful and important characteristics we can possess. When we engage our own creative minds we can make the world happier, more beautiful and healthier.
I make small playful, organic, colorful art every day. The abstracted nature-inspired forms of my art encourage viewers to access their own creativity to think about and make their own associations. The size and the fact that I do them every day allow me to incorporate my art practice into a full life as a wife, mother and full-time art professor.
I want people to engage with art that speaks to them on a personal level. Instead of buying something to simply fill the void on a wall or match the couch, spending time, attention or money on art made by living artists provides an opportunity to feel connected to a creative person who contributes to their community. Before we spend resources, we need to make certain it is useful, beautiful, or meaningful.
I love nature and boldly curious forms. I paint or transform industrial wire, metal mesh, cast off paper and ordinary materials into compositions that aren’t easily identifiable but seem familiar. I hope that by bringing color and a bit of playfulness into peoples lives that they can experience the same kind of joy I get from making my work.
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2019 Wilma Daniels Gallery, Presented by Local: Art + Ideas, Wilmington, NC
2018 Second Nature, Holder Goods, Raleigh, NC
2017 Re-Surface, Artspace Regional Artist in Residence Exhibition, Artspace, Raleigh, NC
2016 Wake Technical Community Featured Faculty Exhibition, Raleigh, NC
2018 Tinney Contemporary/Tinney Concept, Under $500 (online exhibition, December 2018)
2018 Dogwood Art Regional Artist Exhibition, Knoxville Tennessee Juror: Leigh Suggs, Independent Artist & Curator
2018 Raleigh Fine Arts Society’s North Carolina Artists Exhibition Juror: Jennifer Dasal, associate curator of contemporary art at NC Museum Art
2017 Artspace Corridors Exhibition (November to January 2018), Raleigh, NC
2017 Proximity (3 person Exhibition), Seaboard Wine & Tasting Bar, Raleigh, NC
2017 Community Arts Exhibition, United Arts Council. Raleigh, NC, (via VAE Raleigh)
2017 Artspace’s 30th Anniversary Retrospective Juried Exhibition. Jurors: Annah Lee, Artspace’s Director of Artistic Programs & Lia Newman, Director & Curator of Van Every/Smith Galleries, Raleigh, NC
2017 Float, VAE, Raleigh, NC. Juror: Mary Mattingly
2017 Artspace Artist’s Members Spring Corridors Exhibition, Artspace, Raleigh, NC
2016 SCOPE 2016, VAE, Raleigh, NC. Juror: Daniel Fuller, curator, Atlanta Contemporary
2016 Tactile, Visual Art Exchange, Raleigh, NC. Juror: Tom Pursey, Co-founder of Flying Objects, a London-based creative agency that won an IK Prize in 2015
2016 Greenville Museum of Art’s Biennial Juried Art Exhibition, Greenville, NC. Juror: Theresa N. Hammond, Director & Curator of the Guilford College Art Gallery, Greensboro, NC.
2016 NC Sculptor’s Consortium Exhibition, Gray Gallery East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
2016 CAMstellation Community Art Exhibition, Contemporary Art Museum, Raleigh, NC
2015 To/From Visual Art Exchange Member Holiday Show, Raleigh, NC
2015 Many Beautiful Things Exhibition, Trinity Arts, Raleigh NC
2015 ECU Alumni Show, Joyner Library, Greenville, NC
2011 ECU Alumni Show, Emerge Gallery, Greenville, NC
2010 SPARKcon Festival, PODS Installation, Raleigh, NC
2018 International Encaustic Artist Emerging Artist Grant
2018 Third place, Dogwood Arts Regional Artist Exhibition, Knoxville, TN
2016 Regional Emerging Artist Residency, (6 month studio residency) Artspace, Raleigh, N C
2012 Regional Artists Project Grant, United Arts of Raleigh & Wake County
2018-2019 Raleigh Vintage (Retail space)
2018 Smart & Becker, Knoxville, Tennessee
2017 Retro Modern Home Furnishings, November Artist Feature, Hargett St. Raleigh, NC
2017 Summer Shop (Pop Up Shop), Bloodworth Ave. Raleigh, NC
2017 Artspace Gallery Shop, Raleigh, NC
2017 Retro Modern Home Furnishings, May Artist Feature, Hargett St. Raleigh, NC
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