“Every child is an artist.
The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”
- Pablo Picasso
I have always embraced this idea, that we are all artists and imagination experts as children, but as we grow up we lose that sense of wonder and creativity. In my art, and in my life, I strive to be playful and create the unexpected. Creating art is a journey, and I get lost in the process as my mind takes a road trip to another place.
“The thing to emphasize is that we're on a journey, and it's not for the destination. It's where we are, what we're experiencing, rather than trying to click off this place and that place. It isn't getting there, it's the process of being there.”
- Theresa Mellott
Late in the day, as I've been working in the studio, my fingers are sticky from glue and paint, my apron and clothes are covered in a sea of colors, and the studio is a beautiful mess, I step back and wonder, "What happened here today? Where did I go?"
When people invite these pieces of art into their homes to live, it makes me happy because it gives me the opportunity to wake up and do it all over again. I create for myself, but I get to share it with you.
I always wanted to work in a creative place, and found myself working at William Cook Advertising Agency after attending Flagler College in St. Augustine in the 80s. I merged into the newspaper business, working for various publications in Florida and Arizona.
I loved working in the daily news business, designing and editing pages. It's a stress-filled, deadline-oriented business with extremely imaginative and creative co-workers. But there was another something calling. It was a call home, to be home with my young daughters as they grew up in our little house in Willo. Adults now, we are spread out in different corners of the country, and I regard the decision to stay home as one of the best. Not the purpose, but this is when I began creating art.
“If you don't know where you're going, any road'll take you there.”
- George Harrison
I slowly built a following in Phoenix, displaying throughout downtown and gathering collectors. I showed in coffee shops, galleries, restaurants, built giant recycled sculptures and painted murals downtown. I became more involved in my community through volunteering - working at schools, the YMCA and local arts organizations.
Now, on the eve of 2014, my path has lead me back to Florida. I live south of Tallahassee, in a rural area along the Forgotten Coast.
As well, I have returned to work for a local weekly newspaper in Wakulla county, The Wakulla News, as an Arts & Entertainment freelance writer. I find writing is yet another form of artistic expression and I'm discovering my voice in this charming community of creative entrepreneurs.
The village of Apalachicola has opened it's doors to me and to my artwork. A quaint coastal fishing town about 60 miles west of where I live, where artists are drawn to the beauty and simple lifestyle. My work is in the fun and quirky Bowery Art Gallery, located at 140 Commerce Street. If you visit Apalach, give yourself time to stop into Owl Tap Room, Bowery Station (dogs welcome), or the newest spot Oyster City Brewing Company - a few of the great little watering holes in town. Or if you get the munchies, sit on the porch at Up The Creek (also dogs welcome) for some delicious variations on the local favorite, oysters.
In the bedroom community of Crawfordville is a small organic grocery store and coffeehouse, Bay Leaf Market. It's brightly painted and has great energy. The owners were gracious to invite me to hang some of my work there. If you stop in, they have aromatic freshly-roasted beans by Grassroots Coffee (Thomasville, GA) and serve wonderful fresh-baked goods. Free wifi, and a used bookstore in the back room make for a relaxing place to just hang out.
Twenty-two years in Phoenix, I still consider it a place to call home. We can have more than one, you know. My work is available at the Hive and the Bee's Knees, on 16th St, a.k.a. Calle 16. My good friends, Julia Fournier and Steve Hilfrich run the art gallery and hip resale clothing boutique, and there is also a coffeeshop, Mud Dauber, for the coffeehounds. Stop in and get some cool stuff.
As well as creating whimsical creatures and funky landscapes, I create commissioned pieces of all sorts. Some people like me to paint portraits of their family and their pets - dogs and cats mostly. Send me an email if you are interested in getting something special made and I'll send you a price.
“The purpose of art is to wash the dust of daily life
off our souls.”
- Pablo Picasso
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Charity Art Donations & Involvement
Lincoln Family Downtown YMCA - As part of Strong Kids Campaign, I organized a silent auction pairing Chuck Taylor all-stars with local artists. We raised money and brought awareness to the scholarship program at the YMCA.
Arthritis Foundation - Participated in a project where professional artists are paired with youth stricken with juvenile arthritis to create artwork for annual dinner and auction. Our paintings were live auctioned, bringing in the largest bid of the event.
Big Brothers Big Sisters Arizona - Submitted proposal and awarded a 10' guitar to paint for annual fundraiser/auction. The guitar I painted was donated back to BB/BS and now resides in their main office.
Chicanos Por La Casa/ Parenting Arizona - Annual awards dinner commissions. Parenting Arizona honors community members and corporations with commissioned portraits as the awards. Noted honorees include Shane Doan of the Phoenix Coyotes, State legislators Barbara Leff, Jim Weiers and Michelle Reagan, First Solar, HSBC and SCF Arizona.
Animal Welfare League - Annual donations and commissions for the AWL annual auction.
Phoenix Women's Sports Association - Annual donations for the PWSA annual auction.
Public Art & Involvement
City of Peoria, Sunrise Mountain Public Library - Commissioned by Friends of the public library to create large scale artwork for children's area of the library. After delivering the commission, the "friends" purchased 3 more pieces of my work for permanent collection.
ASU - W.P. Carey School of Business - Commissioned to create annual "Spirit of Enterprise Awards" artwork. Permanent collection.
Bragg's Pie Factory - Worked with youth at the Downtown YMCA teen center to design and execute a giant sculpture for the annual "Mutant Pinata Show."
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