I was born in Nurnberg, Germany in 1981 to a black, southern Army Sergeant from Cairo GA and a blonde Bavarian beauty. Just before the fall of the Berlin Wall we left to start our new lives in Savannah and it was here that I found my path to an artist’s life.
Achieving a solid foundation at The Savannah Arts Academy, I continued my education at the Atlanta College of Art and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting. Practicing and showing in Savannah my work has become part of the permanent collection at the Jepson Center for the Arts and numerous private collections throughout the Southeastern United States. I also have pieces currently on display in Germany and in private collections in Portugal.
As an artist I’m looking for a way to interpret and explain what I see. During a landscape painting class at ACA, I began to discover the language in which to translate the world around me. Utilizing the structure of a horizon in space, the paintings get poured one layer at a time until the work is complete. The encaustics are an extension of this layering process. I use the colored wax to create a platform for images that have been appropriated, in order to re-contextualize them in a new universe.
The colors and textures in the Savannah are an ever constant muse. The sky meeting the ground, the stained cement after a morning rain, peeling blue paint on an old pay-phone, are all the objects of her artistic affection.
The language I seek is one of structure, color, light, and surface.