My story's a little different than many of the artists I admire. Unlike many of them, I haven't been drawing since I was a kid. You now how some kids are water babies? Well, I was a music baby. I was born practically with a piano under my fingers. My family is full of musicians and singers. Somebody was always singing or playing the piano at family gatherings. Singing hymns was a huge part of my world. I sang with and accompanied my cousins for Sunday church, and you'd often hear bluegrass gospel playing on the radio. We even had a touring gospel quartet in the family.
Music was pretty natural for me. My mom took me to piano lessons when I was 7, and from there on I played in bands, played for church, and then dedicated 7 years to classical training in piano for my bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Music will always be at my core in some way.
So, why art?
I started making art because I thought I could. Because I wanted to see what would happen if I tried it. Because it was so foreign to me, totally unexplored territory. That was exciting. And because I needed another outlet for expressing the pressing emotions I was feeling.
And let me tell you, when I started drawing, I fell so hard in love with it. It’s all I wanted to do.
I had my sketches taped all over the walls where I’d just sit and admire them, considering how I could improve, and what I wanted to draw next. I went to sleep and woke up thinking about making art.
So that was the beginning of my art-making journey. I went on to take formal drawing courses at the university level, but I’m essentially self-taught.
I have a lot of thoughts on art journeys and especially expressive arts. For someone like me who experiences emotions very strongly, music and art are saviors. There’s no limit to the ways and depths that I can plumb for expressing myself when it is through these mediums.
My artwork is constantly evolving as I search to make art that is meaningful and expressive in the ways I want. I’m really happy that you have read this far and I hope we can connect. I have a lot I want to share with those souls who may be on a similar path. Cheers and let's make art!