I am an oil painter based out of Southern Maine. My subject matter focuses mainly on animals and capturing a sense of movement and narrative through the captivating style of disrupted-realism. Living creatures are constantly moving, especially animals and I strive to capture that movement in my art. This may be why I am drawn to looser forms and brushwork in paintings. It is less precise and leaves room for improvisation during the creation process and makes gestures of ideas that the viewer can decipher as they wish. Life moves and thrives in unpredictable ways while taking on a rhythm of its own and I strive to express this in my artwork. I aim to assist the subject with the appearance of movement and life and to meld the forms to create something that feels united throughout the painting as a whole. I use several different tools to achieve this and I’m constantly trying to develop all their uses and possibilities, many of which are discovered during creation process itself.
I was born and raised in the small rural town of Dover-Foxcroft, ME. My family had a farm with many animals and lots of land and I spent most of my time outside with my pony and dogs or exploring the woods on foot. I have always found a closeness with animals and surrounding myself them nourishes my soul and inspires my artwork. I loved riding both Western and Dressage and I would draw my horses constantly. Although my range of subject matter has expanded, equines still remain one of my favorites. I have a passion for all animals and since I was young I learned to observe their beautiful anatomy and movements and how to capture their essence on paper. Eventually I would discover painting and this sent me on the path I'm still on today.
I now live in Gray, ME with my husband and our dog. My husband is a Pianist/Composer and we’ve spent our years traveling and growing artistically together. This has given me the chance to explore new things and gain new, fresh inspiration for my art time and time again as well as share it everywhere we have lived, settling at last in our home-state of Maine. I have shown my artwork across the country and hope to continue to paint and grow as an artist for the rest of my life.