Tell us a little about yourself:
I am from Chicago, Illinois. I have been sharpening my skills as an abstract artist since 2013 and as a freelance photographer since 2008. I am a passionate lover of colors and words, and I am obsessed with sunsets. My work is inspired by fashion, books I read, current events, Chicago’s skyline, music, my emotions and memories. I thrive with acrylic paints with techniques in geometric abstraction, dry brushing, and acrylic washing. Through writing and painting, I focus on creating bold pieces that showcases my passion for embracing individuality, uplifting women, and telling my story as only I could. Through my lens, I enjoy capturing how the sun compliments the space around it—whether rising or setting. I want to challenge people to recognize their ability to redefine what art means to them and embrace the uniqueness in others.
What kinds of art do you create?
I have a passion for creating canvas paintings with complimenting brush strokes and inconsistent spatula scrapes. I create art that invokes a relatable feeling, but most importantly, that tells a story. I appreciate that my story is so closely connected to others and their experiences in life. My photography captures and embraces my city in ways Chicagoans appreciate. I enjoy looking back at pictures taken in Chicago and saying, ‘Wow—my city is beautiful!’
How did you get started?
I have always been drawn to colors in paintings and in photographs. As a child, I took a black and white photo of my twin brothers eating Popsicles. Well, this photo was displayed in the Art Institute of Chicago, and sold shortly after. As an abstract painter, I began my journey by playing around with colors on a canvas. From there, I began practicing different shapes, objects, and techniques using acrylic paint. I have been painting professionally since 2013. As more people began seeing my artwork in my newly purchased home and in pictures, I began getting more and more inquiries regarding commissions. From there my passion was made into a business. I say business because I do make profits, but I am doing what I truly love and enjoy doing.
Describe your artistic style:
I embrace my contemporary yet connoisseur artistic style with thought-provoking artwork that compliments my passion for colors, objects, and words; but also tells a story—a piece of my life story.