|Recently I'm working on wood. I combine my prowess with years and years of drawing with my printmaking background using atmospheric perspectives and soft ombre style colors.|
I grew up in rural Mississippi in indiscriminate poverty. I have always been one part dreamer, one part do-er. So I spent my childhood chasing the sun through the trees and drawing unicorns and bugs and birds with colored jewels in their foreheads. I managed to work through a Bachelor's degree in art but by my graduation my health was failing. I took a detour from grad school and managed with teaching and making art in the field until I finally got the news.|
The spinal cord injury I have as an adult likely came from the bad decision of an anesthesiologist when I had surgery at age 20. I went 10 years before a neurologist discovered the mass in my spine. It is inoperable, but life threatening if it continues to grow. I went through radiation to chance stopping the growth. Afterwards, I've lost most of my ability to walk and constantly deal with severe chronic nerve pain. Every day is a struggle to stay on my feet.
In many ways I'm tremendously reclusive. I don't think I made a conscious decision to start making art that was extremely personal but it somehow became my means of communication and conversation. Making a beautiful piece is part of my perfectionist personality, making a piece that says something personal is my way of connecting. I do that through a formula of one part reality, one part fantasy.