After graduating from Ringling College of Art & Design we moved to NYC to pursue a career in art like so many young artists do and soon upon arriving in the city the studio practice was up and running. I realized within a few months that making art would be my life’s journey, but after 9/11 occurred that idea got thrown in the air. We regrouped, forged on and saw limited success in a few group shows, attended NYU to get an MFA, established a working studio in Brooklyn and made a little bit of money. Things were going so well that we decided to start a family. Even though we had always vowed not to have kids we made plans and on our first try we got pregnant with twin girls! Of course, this made staying in the city nearly impossible and 3 months after the girls were born we moved back to Columbia SC to be with family for support and hopefully offer our children a slower quieter pace of life growing up.
I have always gravitated towards images of people. In this post I tell the story of how it became such integral part of my creative process. One of the first memories I have of drawing was drawing people or characters. I think my parents still have some of those first drawings stashed away somewhere and I’d bet my next paycheck on the fact it is of a person. I definitely wasn’t much of a coloring book kid either. I remember standing at the sink in my bathroom one Saturday morning, opening the coloring book up to the blank page on the inside cover and drawing my first self portrait. It was all in crayon and I had my pajamas on and included all the details in the room with me. I still remember it like it was yesterday.
When you see images of me working in the studio or even see me in person most days I am wearing some type of bib overalls. Many people comment how much they love them, but rarely does anyone ask why? So, after being asked that question recently at an event I thought as one of my first post of this website, I thought would tell the story as to why I wear them all the time.
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