Piece description from the artist
Last summer, I visited Torrey Pines State Park outside of San Diego, California. I was mesmerized by the unique and natural beauty of this place. I took pictures of the small piles of rocks and ropes of seaweed that were strewn all over the beach. They were like naturally occurring still life compositions, right in front of me! I quickly made paintings based on these photographs. I could still hear the waves crashing when I painted this.
I was born in the small town of Brenham, Texas. I drew constantly all through childhood. Animals were my first models, both real (my menagerie of pets) and fantastic (dragons and such). Despite this obsession with drawing, I did not pursue art as a career until college. During my undergraduate education, I studied drawing, painting, printmaking, and art history. I absorbed these subjects like a sponge, culminating in a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a painting concentration from Baylor University. I traveled abroad, and lived for five months in Florence, Italy. There I took classes in cooking, Italian, and Renaissance art. Upon my return the States, I dove into art again. I attended an intensive drawing “marathon” at the New York Studio School. I then moved to Baltimore. I was a Texas girl eager to see the East Coast and to attend MICA as a Post-Baccalaureate student. After that, I moved to Houston, TX, to earn my Master of Fine Arts from the University of Houston. I currently live in Denver.