About the Artist
I am an abstract mixed media artist and mental health activist who speaks publicly about the significant role that art has played in my own recovery process. Through art, I seek to destigmatize mental health issues. I am currently working on my Master of Social Work in Advanced Clinical Practice at Walden University, and plan to pursue further education to become certified in art therapy as I strongly believe in the efficacy of healing through expressive therapeutic modalities.
I was a very anxious child and began doodling in grade school as an alternative to fidgeting in class. Over the years, my doodles became increasingly complex to the point where they were no longer categorically doodles, but actual works of art. My complex doodles resemble zentangles and likewise, are incredibly calming and grounding. I am primarily self-taught. In my late teens, I bought my first canvas and acrylic paints. Although I didn't really know what I was doing at the time, I never gave up and kept perfecting my craft. Early on in my painting career, I began using mod-podge to incorporate other mediums such as magazine clippings and scrapbooking paper into my artwork. I am always on the lookout for new materials to collage on my canvas. One thing you will notice about my art is that I use a lot of texture. I achieve this through layers and layers of paint as well as miscellaneous mediums that I collage onto the canvas. I am always finding innovative ways to add texture to my artwork. I am mesmerized with the art of fluidity and have recently begun to experiment with alcohol inks and flow acrylics.
2019 Ho-Co Open, Howard County Center for the Arts, Ellicott City, MD
2018 Ho-Co Open, Howard County Center for the Arts, Ellicott City, MD
2017 Solo Exhibition,The Art of Resilience, Washington County Arts Council, Hagerstown, MD
2016 All on the Wall II, Engine 22 Art Space, Hagerstown MD
2015 All on the Wall, Engine 22 Art Space, Hagerstown MD
2006 Kay Redfield Jamison's Lecture on Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament, Bethesda Beatniks, Washington DC