Hi everyone! I wanted to start by thanking everyone at the Arts Council of Brazos Valley, as well as the city of Navasota for giving me this amazing opportunity. I cannot begin to say how grateful I am to have the time and space to continue my artistic practice.
This morning I finished my first painting while here at the Horlock House, and I wanted to share it with everyone. But first I wanted to give you a quick background on me and my work.
I was born in Hays, KS and raised in Salina, KS. I have been interested in art since I was in grade school – it was always something I looked forward to and my teachers always loved to see what I’d do next. When High School came around, I took every art class I could and my teacher really helped to push me and expand my artistic horizons. After graduation, I knew I wanted to continue making art for the rest of my life.
I decided to attend Kansas State University for my undergrad, since I knew the area and hadn’t heard anything bad about their programs. Initially I intended to major in Graphic Design, but after the first semester I knew I just wanted to paint. Looking back, I am really glad I decided to switch – the painting program at K-state is amazing. I cannot even give it enough credit for how much I learned while I was there. I was able to explore and create new ideas and works all over the course of 4.5 years.
As for my body of work, I want to preface by saying that I am also a crafter. Specifically, a knitter. A HARDCORE KNITTER. It’s pretty much my life outside of making art (but then again, knitting is art!). Give me a ball of yarn, two needles and I’m bound to create something amazing – and I’ve only been a knitter for 5 years!
On that note, my works are about bridging my art and my knitting, as well as my love of all things Disney and cartoons. In my works, I am creating surreal environments made up of and inhabited by knitted balls, tubes, ropes, and forms. Every painting I create comes from an initial still life setup that is all knitted by yours truly, and I believe this adds another dimension to my works. If you want to learn more, feel free to check out my artist statement (which I need to re-tool a bit).
Onto what I’ve been up to here: When I arrived in Navasota I had a couple of paintings that I had started, but wasn’t happy with. The first of which is titled “Early Snow Flowers”. I thought it was finished back in April when I was working on it in my make-shift studio/room in my apartment. But there was something off. I have spent the last 3 days working on fixing it up and this is the end result.
As for the angle, well it’s still wet, and thus shiny from my medium. This was the only angle I could capture it at that didn’t reflect. You still get the idea though. I eliminated all the blue and green, fixed up the oranges and added a nice violety color (with the suggestion of fellow resident Catherine that it needed a weird light from the back). I am really excited about this painting and cannot wait to display it along side my others.
I can’t wait to share more with everyone in the coming months, I know it’s going to be a great time!