Inspired by the world around me, I often blend shapes with the theme of nature into intricate and unique ink drawings and mixed media creations. It energizes me to hear people discussing the different things they see in my artwork. It reminds me of children pointing at clouds and the game where they say what they think the shape is. They may see a dragon while their friend may see something totally different and equally wonderful. For this reason, I often interweave subtle details into my art just to keep the viewer looking for more.
My camera and sketchpad are never far from my side. Though predominantly abstract, my artwork is greatly influenced by my love of nature and travel. I have been blessed to visit 31 of the states in the US and nearly a dozen countries around the world. The beautiful elements of nature I am lucky enough to photograph in my travels serve as the inspiration for most of my work.
Hiking and kayaking are also some of my favorite activities because they bring me closer to things I enjoy photographing in nature. For example, I love to draw dead trees—the more gnarly, the better! However, I can also say it wouldn’t be uncommon to see me pulling over on the side of some random road taking a photo, because an old twisted tree or a colorful field of wild flowers has caught my eye.
It is often in these simple moments that I will first visualize a project in my mind. Sometimes it is the tree or flower. Other times, it can just be a leaf or even the basic shape of something I have seen that will stick in my mind and later transform into one of my abstract drawings or paintings.
Born 1970, Indianapolis, IN
Currently lives and works in Coatesville, Indiana
2015 Fundamentals of Photography, Indy Photo Coach
Studied under: Kay Clay, at Crispus Attucks H.S. and the Indianapolis Art Center
2016 Friends Art Show, Frankfort Community Public Library, Frankfort, IN
2016 Primary Colours, BRVA Halloween Show, Broad Ripple, IN
2016 Speedway Centre for the Arts, Speedway, IN
2016 Turning Over A New Leaf, Flower Shop and Gallery, Gas City, IN
2016 Wabash Brewing Taproom & Brewery, Indianapolis, IN
2016 Plainfield Public Library Arts Gala, Plainfield, IN
2012 Gallery at Easter Seals Crossroads, Indianapolis, IN
2010 Soli Deo Gallery, Indianapolis, IN
2010 Art Salon!, exhibition and fundraiser, Indianapolis, IN
2010 Oranje Indy, Indianapolis, IN
09-11 The Art Bank Gallery, Indianapolis, IN. (Feat. artist, Sept. 2010 & Aug. 2011)
2009 Soli Deo Gallery, Indianapolis, IN
2009 Oranje Indy, Indianapolis, IN
Works held in private collections in the United States and Germany.
Honors and Awards
2008 1st Place Photography, Lions Club International
1988 Portfolio Winner, LS Ayres Scholastic Competition, Indianapolis
1988 500 Festival of the Arts, Indianapolis
1987 500 Festival of the Arts, Indianapolis
1987 Gold Key Finalist, LS Ayres Scholastic Competition, Indianapolis
1986 500 Festival of the Arts, Indianapolis
1985 500 Festival of the Arts, Indianapolis
2016 The Sunrise. 2012. Private, Florida. Exploring Life in English. Vol. 2. Brazil: Amadeu Marques
& Ana Carolina Cardoso, 2016. N. pag. Print and Digital.
2010 Art Beat on City360 TV, https://vimeo.com/14413393
2009 Leaves. 2010. Artist Owned, Coatesville, Ind. Reed, Andy: “Hahuulhi”, Branches Magazine, vol. 22,
No. 2, May - June 2009, p. 18
2016 Speedway Centre for the Arts, (member, volunteer, teacher)
2016 Artist Business Networking
2016 KelbyOne, photography and Photoshop for creative professionals
2016 Skillshare, continuing education in a variety creative genre
2016 Indianapolis Downtown Artist & Dealers Association
12-13 Hendricks County Arts Council
09-12 Indianapolis Downtown Artist & Dealers Association