There are people that believe that if someone has a dream, they should follow it. Age shouldn't matter. I'm one of those people. I've always loved to draw and create. When I was young, I had plans to become a special needs art teacher, and was even granted a college scholarship to further my education. However, life had other plans, so I shelved my art career in order to raise a family and have a career.
Fast forward 25yrs later. With the support of my family, I returned to art through our local community college. I took a handful of art classes with incredibly supportive teachers. They encouraged me to be myself and create in my own style.. I started with drawing the figurative form abstractly. Although I loved it, I didn’t feel it was where I needed to be as an artist. In the summer of 2014, my husband brought home a 1961 Ford Thunderbird, and we started to attend car shows. I was transfixed by the stories from the vehicle owner’s and their love for cars. I became mesmerized by the abstractness in the chrome reflections, and saw vehicles as more than an appliance. To me, they are rolling works of art. I photographed what I saw, not knowing what I would do with my reference material. My husband suggested that I try to paint one of the vehicles I photographed. I was doubtful that I could do it, but in October 2014, I painted an orange GMC truck. Once I completed the painting, I felt like I was home. I had found my calling. THIS is what I was meant to do as an artist. I stopped taking classes and made the easel my teacher. Since that first truck painting, I have focused solely on creating vehicles (classic, super, race cars and motorcycles) onto canvas and becoming part of the car/motorcycle culture. My work was recognized last year through a solo exhibition at the Amelia Island Concous d’Elegance. I also saved up so my husband and I could attend the Goodwood Festival of Speed in June 2016. There, we took over 4,000+ reference photos of vehicles for me to paint in the future.
I usually work quite large on canvases ranging from 24"x36" to 4'x6'. I use primarily acrylic mediums (ink, spray paint, pens, and paint), as well as incorporating charcoal, gouache, ink, and water soluble graphite in my works on occasion. My subjects are classics, super/hyper, race cars and motorcycles. I am mesmerized by their complext abstract reflections and strive to capture 90% realism with 10% of my own self expression into each painting I create.
I truly love every moment of my job, and am thankful every day to be able to paint what I enjoy. The muses for my paintings have led me to meet and become strong acquiantances/friends with race car drivers, magazine editors, and broadcasting individuals. They have all been supportive of my creative journey. With their encouragement and that of my family/art community, I want to be one of the best vehicle artists in the country, if not the world.
My background is in marketing, and had the pleasure to teach elementary aged art through a private school for two years. Today, I 100% committed to creating my art in my home studio as well as writing for magazines such as Artists-on-Art, StudioVox, Bored Panda, and Create! Magazine. I live in Austin with my husband of 27yrs and our college student son. I never gave up on my dream.