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Bio

I was born in Huntsville, AL, and began drawing and painting from a very

early age. My formative years were spent in the cities and deserts of

Saudi Arabia, as I traveled with my family. We explored the art,

landscapes, and wildlife of over two dozen countries in a series of

journeys over multiple, very influential years. Greece and Egypt were my

particular favorites, and have definite influence in my artwork.

 

In my university education, I studied graphic design, drawing, and

printmaking. My artistic training and professional career have explored every medium, from digital design to technical drawing to website design, and now back to printmaking. 

 

In 2001, my husband Daniel and I packed our two small children off to Florida, then spent the next 20 years observing and photographing the diverse wildlife and landscapes. My drawing style is typically very realistic, so I sought to push that limitation by delving into various artistic styles, such as the very stylized world of folk art. I always start from a standpoint of realism in my drawings, then work backwards towards the stylized: the pelican *must* be recognizable as a pelican, after all. 

 

In returning again into printmaking, I’ve learned to have a clear path, and know what I want to accomplish from the outset; one cannot just add a shadow with a slightly darker blend of pigment, or lighten up an area with a bit more titanium white. In printmaking, everything must be planned from the start, whether it is positive - in the case a shape or pattern that gets inked - or negative - in the case of a space that is carved out and will not take ink. These work together to form highlights, the lowlights, and the entirety of the piece, and there's no turning back once carving has started, so the plan must be solid.

 

Back home now in North Alabama, with the kids all grown up, we live on an ex-hay farm we’re converting into a fruit and nut orchard, and making as much art as possible.

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