“The magic of childhood is the strangeness of childhood—the uniqueness that makes us see things that other people don’t see.”

– Maurice Sendak

 

It wasn’t until I became a mother that my work shifted into new territory. What began as a way to commemorate and preserve my young children’s memories soon blossomed into a reflection of not only their experiences but also my own. As they discovered the world, I began to remember things I’d long forgotten—and from a perspective I’d outgrown.  

The fort building.

The make-believe.

The alternate realities.

The newness.

The strangeness.

The absolute curiosity.

The magic.

As a child, I blew smoke from my bubble gum cigarettes and hung lucky rabbit foot keychains on my belt loops. Wave pools felt like vast oceans, and I soon realized with great sadness that The Three little Pigs and bacon were the same thing.

Now, so many years later, I’m on the outside looking in…creating work that reflects their childhood, mine and ours.

I watch them grow, losing teeth and sprouting new ones that look too large for their tiny mouths. Their once plump bodies that grow sharp and gangly. My daughter’s pastel room. My son’s special knack for creating guns out of anything. Their ability to become astronauts, explorers, and kitty cats. Their wonder about the homeless man on the corner. Their questions about dying. Their small bodies and eager faces that become an explosion of unguarded joy when they’re happy—and a puddle of misery when they aren’t.

Will they remember these things? Will I?

My work is an attempt to answer that question. I paint to preserve what I know is fleeting and what I’ll want to remember: the enchanted business of childhood.

 

Education

M.F.A. Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville, IL : painting

B.F.A. University of Louisville - Louisville, KY : painting

 

Selected Exhibitions

2014 FIGURATIVELY SPEAKING, National Juried Exhibition,

-Second Place, group exhibition

-Customs House Museum, Clarksville, IL

 

2013 INTERVIEW AND FEATURED WORK, Hotellerie-gastronomie Magazine

-Luzern, Switzerland

 

2011 FINE SWINE ART, group exhibition

-Louisville Visual Art Association, Louisville, KY

 

2010 CENTRAL SOUTH ART EXHIBITION NATIONAL,

-Publix Charities Foundation Award, group exhibition

-Tennessee Art League, Nashville, TN

 

2010 WATER TOWER REGIONAL, group exhibition

-Louisville Visual Art Association, Louisville, KY

 

2009 THE BACON SHOW, group exhibition

-Mew Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

 

2005 SWEET MEAT, solo exhibition

-Fresco Gallery, Edwardsville, IL

 

2005 SIUE Graduate Exhibition, group exhibition

-Edwardsville, IL

-Juror: Dawn Nash-Zen Gallery, St. Louis, MO

 

2004 SIUE Graduate Exhibition, group exhibition

-Edwardsville, IL

-Juror: Ron Fondaw -Washington University, St. Louis, MO

 

2003 PRINT, group exhibition

-Fort Gondo Compound For the Arts, St. Louis, MO

 

2003 FRESH AIR/FRESH ART, group exhibition

-New Wagner Gallery, Edwardsville, IL

COLLECTIONS

2017

Southwestern Great America, Permanent Collection

2451 Atrium Way, Nashville, TN

 

Academic Appointments

Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL

(Graduate Assistant)

Fall 2003 Drawing I

Spring 2004 Drawing I

Fall 2004 Painting I

Spring 2005 Painting I