In my art, my passion is to create something that speaks to the quiet spaces in the hearts of those who view it.
My mixed media collage has a soul purpose. My creative process is a very personal journey that opens me up and I am guided as I walk through the process and gives my art a voice of love, acceptance and a sense of purpose with healing and restoration. I am a self taught mixed media artist whose creativity was born out of trauma and through a need I learned to express my voice in healing my heart. My goal is to be able to provoke thought in the truth that resonates to where you are at that moment in time.
My work is about identity, truth, hope, bravery and restoration of who we are. The freedom to move and breathe in this world. Being brave enough to let the light in us shine. This body of work represents truth in my life. Horse’s represent freedom of movement in all that they are. Birds fly with a freedom that feeds my spirit. The cross is my foundation and a desire in image to detach what we think it means and to lean into the truth of what it is.
The feathers in my work represent protection, flight, individualism and strength. My process starts with laying my hands on the layer of the gessoed panel. As a way to begin the connection to what is going to be created. I put anywhere from 6-10 layers of paint with sanding, scratching, mark making, glazing and collage.. There is always one layer that creates the struggle of every painting I have ever created. I wrestle with it, leave it be, come back to it and it's still not settled and then I remember again to trust the process and once I come to peace of trusting the process through the ugly stage and release the struggle something beautiful comes to be.
We are brave, we are strong, we are beautiful, we are courageous, we persevere, we are freedom. Remember there's beauty in your bravery.
"My creativity is worship for me, it’s a partnership with God and His purpose in my life - though my art is not the purpose, the purpose is who God created me to be and the gifts he is giving me and through that I am created to bring forth God in me to the world, to bring it out and up and to walk and show the truth."
I continue to learn that my art is a metaphor for life. It is about the courage in creating a vision, a thought, an image, and pushing through the uncomfortable moments knowing that I am enough and that I can have missteps and. those missteps can teach me things. Rising up and riding the wave of doubt and fear I am then able to gain my intuitive guidance of a gift that was placed inside me in partnership. I am able to bring a voice and my vision to the canvas. I hold these moments dear to my spirit and the way I feel and move through that connection I grow, become and create.