CountyAnne Arundel County
Artist StatementArt to me is a relationship and a conversation with the viewer, other artists and atrworks. It's an invitation to explore and interact. My art is the most important thing I do. It ultimately ends up being the expression of my identity and experiences which chnage and transform as I do. An illustration is a little world to me, to enter like a child, something that inspires wonder; like finding a tiny treasure tucked away in a mysterious attic- something that feels like a gift to your curiosity and imagination. I love telling a story, something unexpected, a scene that makes you look twice to answer that question in the back of your mind
My mother has told me many times that she raised me to be an artist. My understanding of my early childhood is that I had a lot of freedom to explore my world, which included playing in the mud as well as my first birthday cake. As far as I can tell the first thing we are as children (at least western children) is artists. Our parents and earliest teachers are focused on encouraging our creativity. They give us crayons and blank paper, round tipped scissors and construction paper, paste and glitter and we spend hours doing whatever we feel like doing in that moment with these tools. Sometimes I feel like I never crossed out of that first association with myself- I make art. Which is what I never stopped doing, as a child, through my akward preteen years and the insecurity of highschool, exploritively in college and still. I am an artist.